Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Quentin James whose stage name is “Sargeant Q” or “SGT Q” was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on January 1st, 1987 to an Indian mother and a Creole father. James was raised in Providence, Rhode Island from 1988-2000. In 2003 at the age of 16 years old, He joined a GoGo band named “Black Passion” in Largo, Maryland where he later moved in the year 2000. From that year on He knew that he wanted to become a musician and perform all over the world.
It was then in the year 2008 that he turned his life around. James was founded and signed by a New York label “Capital Hustlers” in which they had offices around the country with one being in Washington, DC. In 2009 He began performing at open mics and special venues alongside popular artists “Fat Trel” and “Logic”. His participation at venues all over DC, MD, and VA landed him with the opportunities he has achieved to this day. James has had a wonderful journey performing in the following states, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, DC, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Since 2017 his music has been aired on multiple internet radio stations including Guam and United Kingdom’s hip-hop/rap stations.
In the year 2016 his first mixtape “Black Friday” Produced by SODMG artist “Carson Key” dropped. A year later his second mixtape “Black Friday pt2” Produced by himself dropped. By this time a lot of people all over were trying to figure out just who this artist was! Then it was the year 2018 that he collaborated with his younger brother who is also a producer out of New England and dropped “RI 2 VA”.
In 2017 he had his first live radio interview with “Ryze Radio” in Washington, DC with another one at “At the Bar Radio” in Maryland. He has also had an interview recently with DJ Getatcha in Atlanta in January of 2018. As for future projects, He is working with “Wu Syndicate” of Wutang Clan in July 2018 and with Grand Hustle “Hustle Gang” in Atlanta in August of 2018 with the opportunity to be featured on T.I’s new mixtape set to release at the end of 2018. His biggest idols are Meek Mills, Lil Wayne, Diplomats, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Wisin y Yandel, and Rakim y Ken-Y.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
I have had the pleasure of sitting down 1 on 1 with Robin Thicke getting so much advice and encouragement to achieve my goal. It’s sad that it took me 10 years to process and understand what he told me back then. Now that I have, I am doing whatever it takes to accomplish my goals.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
You have to have a PLAN! Without a plan, everything you do would have no purpose.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I owe my manager Rohkeame “151” Bell everything! Back in 2007 when I had met him, he had his own label called “Capital Hustlers”. I was introduced to Mr. Bell through a friend who had suggested I jump in the booth and show him what I got. Who knew that day would change my life forever.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I have used my success to help others by teaching them what was taught to me by industry professionals. I love seeing people win and if I could be a part of your success story by simply motivating you and giving you the tools to accomplish your dreams and goals, I would be more than satisfied.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
My favorite quote is “Never Give Up” no matter how rough things get. I have been mixed up with the wrong crowd half my life, getting into trouble. Due to the heat I constantly had on me, I was dropped from Capital Hustlers previously. I became an alcoholic and Pothead. I became disrespectful and ignorant. One day I realized that I can no longer throw my life away. I went back to focusing on music. Shortly after was in trouble again! I started over and tried again while trying to eliminate a lot of the negativity around me. Failed again! So I tried and tried and tried again. The moral of this story is that I had never given up!
How can our readers follow you on social media?
They can follow me on social media at IAMSGTQ.
Also check my music out on Spotify by simply searching for “Sargeant Q”.