We had the good fortune of connecting with Quincy Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quincy, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process has always been to create an atmosphere where people can come and truly enjoy themselves, where they can breathe freely and not have to deal with the stress of life for at least a moment.
I got inspired to pursue music from a business standpoint when I was about 20. A friend of mine got booked for his first show and we were all excited about it, and even though the show was in a shabby little basement, he had completely taken over the show. He had a such unique sound that gave everyone in the room twice the amount of energy than what they came in with, he was literally on his own wave with the type of music he was making and after seeing the ecstatic faces of everyone in the crowd, and my friend realizing his potential, I got inspired to do what I can to help him (and so many other artists on the rise) reach his full potential. Realizing this, I applied for my LLC and eventually started throwing my own events and managing my own artist.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I run Unlocked Entertainment LLC, which is an entertainment production company. We primarily host concerts, but in order to not be boxed into one genre we dabble in fashion events, art exhibits, and more. As a person on the consumer end of things I’m always looking for the next artist(graphic, musical, or other) whose work I believe should be put in front of as many people as possible. I love having the ability of being able to connect with different creatives and help them hone their skills and push their art to new heights.
The road hasn’t always been easy. I’m definitely my hardest critic and sometimes we believe that we should be farther than we are, but the journey in between the starting point and the end goal is were the most life happens and shouldn’t be taken for granted. I’ve been lucky enough to persevere and have a strong enough support system to where I’ve been able to live off of doing what I love, and I could’t ask for anything better.
After receiving my first government contract to organize the entertainment for the Juneteenth block party in Iowa City, IA my focus has been on live events and growing a festival to rival the likes of Rolling Loud, while also managing the artists currently under my belt and furthering my reach into modeling, community activism, and more.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve only been to ATL a hand full of times primarily visiting family, but the last time I was in town we went to a few events at Ourbar on Edgewood which is a really cool spot to get a few drinks. We got some food from Slutty Vegan which was actually really good considering I’m not vegan, we also checked out a Caribbean style lounge called the Royal Peacock with some dope dancehall music, and we even made time to get a couple songs recorded at ABS Studios.
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?
I want to Shoutout my wife first and foremost. I’m sure no one ever told her that being with an entrepreneur you’re automatically signed up to be an employee of the business, but she’s shown me time and time again that she’s ready to step to the plate when needed.
My uncle,Rashad Mckinnie, is not only a higly skilled basketball trainer, training children all the way up to professional athletes, but also a man of wisdom. He’s been a major influence on my life along many others, and he continues to be supportive of my entrepreneurial lifestyle by always encouraging me to be great.
And I can’t give a shoutout without giving thanks to my mom, she’s always been one of my biggest supporters and continues to let it be known that no matter what she’s always in my corner.
I really want to thank eveyone that’s supported me through this journey of life, It’s not easy taking on the responsibility of being an entrepreneur and a major part of that is having people around you that support that dream. Everyone is put in your life for a reason, but I appreciate those here longer than a season.