Denard Antione Smith known by the stage names “DcQ” and “Ilias Bey” has been actively self-motivated and self-reliant for most of his life. At the young age of 17, he began a serious career in music with a Hip Hop group called “Urban Thermo Dynamics” or as many known them to just be “UTD”. After a successful run in the underground music scene with “UTD”, he went on to form another group called “Medina Green”. As an independent artist, he has toured the world as an opening act and performed on stage with headlining Hip Hop acts such as “de la Soul”, “blackstar”, “Talib Kweli”, and “mos def” while being exposed to different cultures using his gift and talent for music. One of many reasons his love for underground Hip-Hop was so paramount in his developmental stages is because it has rendered him with the resources to be independent and educated on multitasking within a diverse industry; besides also being a breath of fresh air from mainstream media. This later inspired Denard to create another business venture that would allow him to share what he learned while on the road traveling with others who wanted to develop the tools in becoming a better artist. Under his stage name “Ilias”, he founded Illson Media Music Group: an artist development company and Hip-Hop music label focused primarily on HipHop and urban music. By branding the pseudonym “Ilias”, he has been on the public speaking circuit with a special attention to those wanting to be involved in any service that allows them to be in direct contact with people from familiar and varying cultural backgrounds. Through his relationships he developed as a public speaker, his childhood friend introduced him into the business of direct sales marketing. Always being one to accept a challenge, Ilias began his training under a team leader sponsorship, which has now led him to be an independent business owner that markets products and services within the fields of telecommunications and energy. Through constant growth and opportunity, Ilias has remained an inspiration while inspiring others with the belief that if you “treat people as if they are what they should be, you help them become what they are capable of becoming”. These lessons applied are what he consistently refers to for making him a better husband and family man to his children. It is that accomplishment that he considers his greatest achievement yet.
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