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Meet Johnny Quest The Rebel of Renaissance Music Records in West LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Johnny Quest The Rebel.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Johnny Quest The Rebel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up listening to music, listening to my parents play their vinyl album collection of R&B, Soul, Funk, and Jazz. As I grew up, those early sounds led me to hip-hop. And at the age of 13, I started rapping with my friends and we eventually were asked to record by a locally popular rap group. I continued to rap through school into my years at Gettysburg College when I was playing college football. Around my senior year, my football career began to dwindle and I made the decision to pursue my music full time. At the same time, my older brother was separately working as an artist manager. He encouraged me to transition to a solo career. After graduating college, I completed my first solo EP “Rebelz N The Hood”, and decided to move across the country to LA in pursuit of taking my career to the next level. As we began to have success, I urged that we legitimize our vision of “Renaissance Music” and make it a full-fledged business. In 2017, we registered our business and became a LLC, Renaissance Entertainment.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I have experienced challenges as an artist. In my journey, learning the music industry and the appropriate strategies has been a “baptism by fire” experience. My brother and I have worked hard to build our reputation as a quality hip hop label and my own unique story as “Johnny Quest The Rebel”. It is hard to gain credibility as an independent music artist, specifically by those who already have their own narrative of who they think you are. Additionally, creating time, financing, and opportunities for ourselves has required a lot of sacrifices, but it’s definitely been worth it.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Renaissance Music Records – what should we know?
Renaissance Music Records is a label originally founded in Trenton, NJ that utilizes music to create a new reality for the forgotten urban dreamers. I serve as a co-owner, but my primary work is as an artist. We are known for our unique sound, which is modern sounds combined with lyrics of substance delivered to inspire and transform. Our collection of artists were brought together by dreams and experiences, and develop and curate content that’s not highlighted by the masses. Our music sheds light on the inner city minority experience, then gives that same demographic hope. I’m proud of the development and strides that we have made, but more proud of the direction we are heading in. Simultaneously, I’m extremely proud of my recent EP “Dream”, which has been a two years process to curate. It was a cultivating experience that maintained the theme of following your dreams.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My family, for believing in my dream. Also, all the people that I have met who have a dream or living out there dreams. Their passion and spirit reassure limitless possibilities.

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Personal Photo: Lost 96.er, Max Alldread, Alyssa Walker

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