We had the good fortune of connecting with Quie Anthony and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quie, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important thing to my success is that I actually love the product. In reggae music promotion, marketing and production the product is entertainment and culture. In 1993 when I began my nightclub promotion career in Los Angeles, culture was not easily found or celebrated in this city. My journey started at The Kingston 12 on Lincoln and Broadway in Santa Monica. Although it was a Jamaican reggae venue our Thursday night was primarily Hip hop with a splash of Reggae and Dancehall. The night hosted shows from such artist like The Black Eyed Peas, Jeru The Damaja, The Goodie Mob feat. Celo Green to name a few. In those days I was one of the biggest fans in the house, I loved hip hop, reggae and dancehall music, and more then that I loved the vibe of the one love people that came out weekly for that event. I sincerely feel the best way to be successful in business is to find a need and fill it. In 1993 most clubs in Los Angeles and Hollywood only supported house music and funk / disco clubs, the few hip hop events in those days were racially profiled and shunned upon..
What should our readers know about your business?
I have been blessed with producing the biggest reggae promotions in Los Angeles / Hollywood for the past 25yrs. The Biggest Night Is Jamaican Gold Sundays (June 1995 – Paused Due To Covid) Poom Poom Tuesday “Ladies Night” (Nov. 2009 – Paused Due To Covid) Jamaica Live Thursdays At The Dragonfly (Feb. 1997 – 2011) and many more amazing reggae dancehall events. Before the covid pandemic swept the world I was the Dj and Mc for Ucla’s Jazz Reggae Fest as well as Reggae On The Mountain. You might have caught me as Shabbaaaaa LA’s Mc, as that night was getting major support and spot light by companies like Nike, Playboy, Major Lazer, Apple Music And Live Nation to name a few.
I got to where I am today with hard work, studying business at Santa Monica College, love of people and music and not being afraid to follow my passion. I can’t say it was easy, because I had to build roads in uncharted territory, as well as deal with some race issues.. But I can’t say it was hard due to all the overwhelming support and love I received from the music industry, amazing fans, artist and dj’s, as well as even the city of LA. Doing what you love differently made it a lot easier, so I guess looking back at it, it was just something to do.
The lessons I learned on my journey is people aren’t always who they say they are, no matter what or how much you do some people will still stab you in the back, and the last lesson learned was people have different reasons for what they do. Example I have always put my heart and soul in my productions just to bring the city together with good vibes, one love and reggae music, while other people I worked with did it just for fame and fortune, etc.
My brand is a representation of the many one people in the industry capital of the world. Los Angeles has always been the best example of the melting pot America has strived to be, not saying LA is perfect but the many people that took resident or even just visit, make Los Angeles and its nightlife one of the best in the world. While we are still in this pandemic watch you can still get your music and culture on my online clothing site at www.RootzRockReggae.com.
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?
My favorite spots in LA are spots where culture is present, such as Little Eithiopia on Fairfax Blvd, Venice Beach Boardwalk, and of course were ever Reggae And Dancehall are being played really loud. If you want more info on reggae venues feel free to link me on instagram @Q_Bwoy.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shout out all the amazing venues, management, bartenders, security guards, sub-promoters, gogo dancers, world renowned artist, local artist, dee jays and performers that performed live, staff and all the supporters and amazing fans that made Jamaican Gold one of the best reggae / dancehall nights in the world.
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