Ahmir Thompson, better known as Questlove, has joined MasterClass to teach a class on music curation and DJing. Today, the streaming platform announced that the four-time Grammy Award-winning musician, iconic DJ, New York Times bestselling author, and member of the Roots will for the first time ever give an inside look into his creative process.
“It’s one thing to listen to music, but it’s another thing to embrace it and have it come to you,” Questlove said. “Nothing will take the place of the passion that I feel for music, and I hope my MasterClass will open up a portal in your heart so that you learn to love music, find it and appreciate it.”
For his class, Questlove will explore the vast connectivity of music with the use a versatile playlist composed of classic hip-hop, neo-soul, jazz, and R&B to break down the musical attributes, psychology, and emotional impact of each song. Through a series of interactive demonstrations, he will share the basics of DJing, from how to deconstruct music for organization, combination, and performance to techniques for scratching, live loop creation, phasing, beat juggling, segues for music sets, and more. Aside from teaching how to choose and use the right equipment for the perfect DJ set, Questlove will also share insights and life lessons from his career as the drummer for the Roots, musical director of The Tonight Show, a bestselling author, DJ, and more.
“Questlove’s storied career and unparalleled knowledge and passion for music has made him a music icon and one of the most influential individuals in the industry,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “In his MasterClass, members will gain a deeper understanding of how to listen to and absorb music so they can deconstruct songs and gain a deeper appreciation of everything they hear.”
Questlove’s indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. He is the musical director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. Beyond that, Questlove has also released four books, including the New York Times bestseller Mo’ Meta Blues; Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation; somethingtofoodabout; and, most recently, Mixtape Potluck. Questlove and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of the Roots have executive produced the acclaimed documentary series Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America on AMC under their production company, Two One Five Entertainment, which recently announced a first-look deal with Universal Television to develop scripted and non-scripted programming. Questlove will serve as executive producer for the upcoming documentary The League, centered on the tumultuous journey of Negro League baseball. He also made his directorial debut with the acclaimed feature documentary Summer of Soul, which explores the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. The film debuted on the opening night of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in January and won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. Questlove recently announced he will direct a new documentary about the career and legacy of Sly Stone.
Questlove’s class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access with an annual membership to all 100+ world-class instructors, including Alicia Keys, Jeff Koons, Salman Rushdie, Walter Mosley, Issa Rae, St. Vincent, Gordon Ramsay, and more.
Watch Questlove’s MasterClass trailer below: