Hailed as being the "ones to watch and listen for" (Billboard Magazine), Vision Quest truly push the boundaries of Hip-Hop music. The two members, Bernard "BMD" Williams (a.k.a. Bernie Williams) and Diriki Mack met in high school while pursuing their soon to be careers. It didn't take long for BMD and Diriki to connect and form one of the most prolific groups to ever come on the scene.
Coming from Long Island, New York, the members of Vision Quest grew up listening to such Hip-Hop legends as Run-DMC, Big Daddy Kane, Public Enemy, EPMD, Grand Daddy IU, and De La Soul. VQ's horizons were also as broad as Earth Wind and Fire, Roy Ayers, Grover Washington Jr., and Donald Byrd. This is very apparent in the music that Vision Quest does.
BMD always had a love for music since he was a child. His love of music derives from his mother who was constantly playing the radio in the house. This drew him to play the drums at the age of eleven and start Mcing at the age of fifteen. With the feeling that he had to represent Long Island, he started with a local DJ crew as the MC. That led to B starting another group in 1987 called Strong Island Perfections, who made demos and performed in local talent shows. After meeting Diriki and starting college in 1990, BMD began working at the Adelphi University radio station WBAU, where Chuck D and crew formed "The Hip Hop Spot" radio show years before. Working on "The Hip Hop Spot" was the introduction into the industry. Hanging on video sets and in the studio with Public Enemy, The Bomb Squad and Leaders of the New School became a common occurence. Through all of this, BMD was working with Diriki to make Vision Quest a name to remember.
The talent of music was always in the blood of Diriki. From his father making a record with some of his friends just for fun, to his uncle Bruce Mack, the President of the Black Rock Coalition and VP/General Manager of Fuzion Entertainment and Vision Quest, who released his own music and taught D some of the ins and outs of dealing with the business. But it didn't stop there. After writing down every lyric to "Ain't No Half-Stepping" by Big Daddy Kane in order to memorize the song, Diriki began writing down lyrics of his own and made them into his own songs. Before meeting BMD, Diriki was with two different groups that didn't progress. After high school, Diriki also moved on to college to study film and television, while finding the niche to combine all three of those aspects of the industry.
After working with producer/writer Shamello (Busta Rhymes, Public Enemy), Karen Sadler (music video producer) and at WBAU radio, Diriki's major schooling of the industry came at RCA Records. For two years, Diriki helped launch and maintain projects like SWV's first album "Right Here." After college, D began working at a television post production facility, Broadway Video, where after a few years of paying dues, he became an audio mixer for such clients as Showtime Networks and MTV.
These experiences and this type of exposure to the industry taught BMD and Diriki a lot about how the machine works. Working with live musicians as opposed to completely relying on sampled music is what keeps the Vision Quest sound fresh. It's a distinct sound that has been in development for over 10 years. Lyricists. Rappers. Producers. Voice-Over Talents. Entertainment Company Owners. As BMD says, "there's nothing in the world VQ will ever lack!"