We had the good fortune of connecting with Daquawn Andrews and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daquawn, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process was simple. Im done working for someone who can lay back when they please. I want to be able to move how i want. Express myself the way i want to. I want to be the one taking the beach vacations. I always told myself “i have the power to do run my own company, if i put my mind to it!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well im a music manager. I started as a club dj in my freshman year of college. Worked my way up to a point to were i got to be around important people. I made sure to stay in the loop with people, build better relationships with people. Always made sure my name was known. Doing these things led to rappers reaching out to me for a number of things but the number one thing they wanted was a manager. They wanted someone to get their name out, someone who knew how to get music into places that people didnt think they can get their music in. It was one artist that made sit down and really think if i should even manage rappers and that was BrickBaby Meech. He would constantly hit me, “like yo bro i feel like you can take my music where it needs to be”. I would ask him, “why me tho?” and he would say “because you be everywhere the music at you know mad people”. Him sayimg thsi and my girl and uncle telling me stop wasting my talent and get to work!. I did just that! I reached out to Brickbaby Meech got the music he had, we fixed the quality up and got to work.
What makes me proud about being a manager. Is being able to put a person in a place they never thought they can be. Such as having their music on radio, webisodes, vlogs, and etc. Your basically that guiding light for someone. Leading them to the promise land.
The road wasn’t easy, don’t get that twisted. There has been constant times i been left on read, artist ignoring because of jealousy, and dealing with other people feelings. Having to tell someone NO, for alot tgats a tought thing to do.
I want the world to know nothing happens overnight, grind hard for what you love, and dead presidents come with dedication. YOU ARE YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY. Only you can hold yourself back, go out there try something and if you live it and it works make it happen!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well im originally from NYC, however i reside in Atlanta right now. So in Atlanta, for a week… We got to go hit the strip clubs. You aint enjoyed yourself in Atlanta until you been to the strip clubs. Magic City, Blue Flame, or Onyx to name a few. Definitely got to eat that good southern food. One of my favorite breakfast spots is Atlantas Breakfast,that shrimp and grits meal is definitely where its at. Concerts at the Mercedes-Benz stadium, car and bike shows. I been to the trap museum like 4 times thats definitely something to check out, especially if your a rapper from the south. 2Chainz and T.I definitely did they thing with the trao museum. Atlanta definitely has alot of things to get into!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Of course! I couldn’t be where I’m today without a bunch of people. My family 1st and foremost! My friends. They know who they are! But most importantly My Grandfather. He’s that person that always told me ‘be your own boss”. He ran his own businesses from painting, trucking, and owning a club. He never had to answer to no one. Just get up, and find a way to make that day productive.
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