Questlove Is A Creative Genius. He Shares His Secrets On How To Become One Too (Audio)

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In his fourth book, Questlove takes a deep dive into his memories and experiences – a vast trove of material, considering the illustrious career he’s had thus far. Already a published author, Ahmir Tompson spent decades performing as co-founder of The Roots, Grammy-winning musician and performer and late-night-TV bandleader (not to mention his stint as a college professor).

On April 24, Creative Quest arrives in both print and audio format. It follows 2016’s Something To Food About: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs as well as his Questlove Supreme interview showAccording to his website, the purpose of Creative Quest is to serve as a “unique new guide to creativity from Questlove — inspirations, stories, and lessons on how to live your best creative life.”

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Anticipating next week’s release of Creative Quest, Questlove released an audio snippet of the book, which is self-narrated. Unsurprisingly, music plays a huge part not only in the story he’s telling, but also in how he tells it; audio effects are incorporated to reflect the auditory experience he’s having in the story he’s telling. The story in the snippet takes place in the early days of The Square Roots, during the year they spent living in England. During that time, Quest explains, “we were so poor, when we looked at dirt, we were envious.” Through simply sharing an anecdote about seeing DJ Aba Ashanti-I spin in an abandoned church in London, Questlove manages to share with listeners an inspiring personal story about creativity. As he describes Aba’s use of one turntable and the sonic effect it had on the music he played, Questlove’s voice fades in, fades out, wobbles and booms accordingly. He’s essentially verbalizing the technical aspects of a DJ set by allowing his voice to play like an instrument reacting to DJ equipment.

Creative Quest also features contributions from Black Thought (aka Tariq Trotter of The Roots), comedic actor Fred Armisen, comedienne and former Nightly Show contributor Robin Thede and more.

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The audio clip was spotted at Pitchfork.