We had the good fortune of connecting with Querrell Thompson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Querrell, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always waanted to start my own business to be in control of my own destiny instead of leaving it up to another business owner who’s going to put a cap on how much money I can make. I believe every man should have a business whether it be a corporation, LLC, or sole proprietorship. That’s why I started my record label, Gimme Quality Records. My main goal in music has always been to have complete ownership of my work and build a catalog that will attract potential investors.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from other artists is my story and my path to get to where I am now. I’ve been writing raps since I was 8 years old. At 18, I didn’t have the funds to buy beats so I went out and bought Fruity Loops and taught myself how to make beats. In the midst of perfecting my craft with rapping and producing I was hit with another roadblock. I couldn’t afford to pay for mixing and mastering. So a year later, I moved back to Atlanta to go to school for Audio Engineering. I take a lot of pride in my music because of the path that I took. I dedicated my life to the music. It’s been a hard road to travel independently but it has only made me stronger and sharpened my sword. I learned that you have to be relentless in pursuit when it comes to business. There’s a lot of competition and nobody owes you anything!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to Encore Hookah Lounge. It’s one of my favorite spots in the city. Great drinks, great DJ, & beautiful girls. Oh and free entry too. As far as food, I would take them to La Pastorcita. A Mexican restaurant that I’m addicted to.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely wouldn’t have made it this far in music without my mama believing in me from the jump. She’s supported me and never tried to persuade me to switch careers. I needed that support early on because all my ‘friends’ laughed at me and told me it wasn’t going to work. I also would like to give myself credit! Not in selfish way but ,at the end of the day, I have to get in that booth and do the work. I have to motivate myself. I have to not allow outside noise and the process of building a fanbase independently get to my head. I have to pay for everything out of my own pocket. I have to also thank God for giving life everyday which allows me to do what I need to do.