We had the good fortune of connecting with Terrence “Diesel” Hampton and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Diesel, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
I think the most important lesson I learned has been to know how to leverage time. As a husband and father my time can be limited, and I have to know how to divvy between business and my family. As much as I want to be successful. I have to know when to distribute my time in order to make sure I can keep my family emotionally secure. I also need to know how to make sure I dedicate ample time to my projects and business ventures.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Ever since I was kid, I always wanted to be involved in the music industry. I started by sneaking on my late uncle Joe’s turntables when I stayed over his house for the summers in Decatur, GA. I later started Djing parties as a teen in high school. Then I formed a group with my friends and family that went on to enjoy moderate success, even at one point performing at the 2003 Grammys. After we disbanded, I continued to work in the industry and I’ve met several legendary performers, and musicians, such as Pharrell Williams, Dawn Robinson, Malik Yusef and the Sounds of Blackness. My road wasn’t easy as I met several obstacles such as internal struggles with my family, finding a difficult path to sell my music, and even to this day making sure that I am relevant in an ever-changing market. However, with the faith I have in God, and the ever-vigilant belief that I will succeed demonstrated by my wife, we keep things going and have opened several doors and worked on several projects. I’ve learned to never give up and that Diesel Hampton Music Group is a great go to source for music production, placements, and promotion.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend visiting me here in Atlanta, first thing we’re doing is checking out a Braves or Hawks game (depends on the time of year). Being a huge sports fan with two of my favorite teams in this city, I’m definitely cheering for a great home run or a slam dunk! Being that Atlanta is so diverse we’d definitely check everything from The Battery, to Lenox Malls, to Krog for lunch, to finding a great slice of pizza from Fellini’s after hours. During the week we’re trying everything we can from Sugar Shane’s to Sonny’s BBQ to having a great time at the City Winery. I don’t think a week is long enough to do everything but we definitely will try!

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?
As always I dedicate to my wife Brycsyn Hampton. She has always been in my corner supporting me, even when I wanted to give up. We run our company as partners and without her I would not have been as successful as I have been in my career as a producer.

Website: www.dieselhampton.com

Instagram: @dieselhampton

Twitter: @dieselhampton

Facebook: facebook.com/dieselhampton

Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/DieselHamptonmusic

Image Credits
T. Hampton I own the rights to all of these photos

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