We had the good fortune of connecting with Marqis Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marqis, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Initially, my thought was to spread love. I love cooking, and I love when people enjoy what I love. Of course, an an entrepreneur, to monetize the concept of love was poetic to me. Also, I wanted to provide the market with a premium product that, in all honestly, has not been represented well across all platforms. Marq’s Mac fills in that void by providing deliciousness with intent and grace. The success of Marq’s Mac is based on the love conveyed, and the vessel is our product.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been a professional music producer and songwriter for over 20 years. I started out music production early, as my uncle was in an R&B group. I was able to meet Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and soak up the entire musical process at the age of 9. I embrace my current position in the industry. I’ve always been about promoting music with soul and integrity. That’s why my contributions to Neo Soul and R&B over the years with many of our favorite artists have solely been based on creating timeless stamps. The music industry has never been an easy road. The ebb and flow is unpredictable. One day, you’re a co-manager of a group at a major label, and the next day, you’re fetching sandwiches for the same acts you helped get Grammy nominated. But, going through it all with humility and couth helped shape me into the best songwriter and producer that I can be for those of whom rely on me. I love how my musical creativity intertwines with my culinary endeavors. They’re both identical. Spend the time necessary perfecting your craft. Do it with love. Share your creations with the world. Soon enough, the world will feel your soul through your creations, and they’ll vibe to you infinitely.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Although I’m a city man, there is something about the open air of the country that does it for me. Being born and raised in Brooklyn, I never saw myself wanting to hike the mountains of North Georgia and soak in the view. With that being said, hiking the mountains of North Georgia and soaking in the views, along with a packed lunch and your favorite wine, is an amazing time. As far as the city life is concerned? I love how Atlanta is developing its city life, both during the day and night. It has the right amount of sophistication and Turn Up! Poor Calvin’s is a dope spot for fusion food and strong drinks. Serpas has amazing salmon chips; trust me! Ponce City Market has Everything! Across the street from that is City Winery, with their delicious wine and their grown and sexy concerts. Little Five Points is my go-to spot to buy my amethyst and tiger’s eye and sage, and they have a dope Mexican restaurant in the area with dope frozen margaritas; life is all about frozen margaritas. Speaking of frozen margaritas, Mama’s Cocina is a 24 spot to get affordable Mexican food and, of course, frozen margaritas. Atlanta is so diverse, and I love it.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Shoutout game is pretty extensive. I am indebted forever to my mother and grandmother, as they allowed me to meander through the kitchen and they actually CONSUMED my culinary “creations” at the young age of 8. I also want to Shoutout a few fellow Black Owned Businesses and Black entrepreneurs that have inspired me beyond what they may know. Pinky Cole, my CAU classmate, is a POWERHOUSE! Infinitely inspired by her success and her amazing spirit. Darius Williams did it his way, and there’s nothing short of amazing things to say about his empire. Jordan Peele and Ryan Coogler are definitely deserving of a Shoutout. Unbridled growth in their craft is something I admire about those two. Musically? I want to give a Shoutout to Stevie Wonder. He is my spirit animal in every creative way.