We had the good fortune of connecting with Quincy Palmer aka DJ iLLWiNK and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quincy, how do you think about risk?
When it comes to working for yourself or pursuing your passion as a career, the entire process is basically risk taking. Risks are much much easier to take when you have confidence and belief in yourself. Making my initial investments into my DJ equipment and vowing to myself that I will generate income off of it was a risk. Moving out from home after graduating college and being determined to pay my bills with my skills alone and no job to supplement income was a risk. Moving to Atlanta without having any kind of network or connection or plans to work a regular job was a huge risk. All I’ve ever had was my equipment, my skills, and belief in myself and it has carried me for the past 3 years.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’ve always been inspired by those who are at the top of whatever they’ve done. My hero’s have always been Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson. Their work ethic, mentality and passion is what I resonate with. It’s the standard I hold myself to while pursuing my goals and career. I’ve been blessed with a creative mind and obsessive habits. When I’m interested in something, I will lock in on it until I develop the skills necessary to do it. Every skill I have in the music and entertainment industry has been self taught through a keen focus and hours of repetition. And it never seemed like work along the way, the learning process was pleasurable and rewarding.
That’s not to say anything has been easy despite what I would call some natural gifts. I’m rarely satisfied with myself or my efforts because of the standard I hold myself to. In the business side of things, it fluctuates. Sometimes it’s up and others it’s down, and that can weigh heavy on your mind because it’s no telling when things will trend upwards or downwards. But I have the understanding that the most successful people in the world, like my idols that I mentioned above, all have one thing in common. A work ethic that cannot be fathomed by the common man. There is always another level to reach for. Even at your best you can be better. It is a matter of discipline and determination. Consistency and a lack of complacency. All of which is fueled by passion.
I want to be remembered as a visionary. The one who speaks inspiration and possibility into myself and others. Someone who is innovative, creative and absolutely unique in their approach. I wish to develop and be known for my sound, my style and the ideas I bring to light. This is all a matter of execution and doing what’s necessary to be seen and heard in the most authentic way.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love the east side! Little Five Points is a must, the scene and art surrounding the area is so dope! As a vintage stylist, it’s also the best place in the city to shop for vintage looks.
I love Ponce and it’s restaurants and the aesthetic of the whole strip. All of the character that Edgewood Ave has. The sweet auburn district right around the corner with all of its history. Riding scooters on the belt line and taking in the scene at piedmont park.
I love sights and seeing people.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Major shoutouts go to my mom and immediate family. My mother bought me my first DJ controller when I was 20 and she may as well have bought me wings. My stepfather for having and allowing me to tinker with the keyboard and drum set that he brought into our house which helped develop my musical foundation.
My friends and partners of Before The World Ends Collective need a lot of credit too. This will be the people I build with for the long term future.
Photos Taken by Addachy Media Aj Goddard KimmthaGod Creations