Questlove has announced a new MasterClass on DJing and music curation. The class is currently available on the MasterClass website. Check out the trailer below. (Pitchfork earns a commission on purchases made through affiliate links on our website.)
In Questlove’s class, the basics of DJing are broken down – from selecting records to scratching and segues. He’ll also be providing an overview of his equipment list and delving into creating live loops, phasing, beat juggling, and more. In addition to DJing and music curation, Questlove will explore music connectivity and share its knowledge to teach students how to expand their music vocabulary and create the perfect playlist.
“It’s one thing to listen to music, but it’s another thing to accept it and let it come to you,” Questlove said in a press release. “Nothing will replace the passion I have for music and I hope that my MasterClass opens a portal in your heart for you to learn to love, find and appreciate music.”
“Questlove’s successful career and unparalleled knowledge and passion for music have made him a music icon and one of the most influential figures in the industry,” added David Rogier, Founder and CEO of MasterClass. “In his MasterClass, the members get a deeper understanding of how to listen to and record music so that they can deconstruct songs and more deeply assess everything they hear.”
Questlove recently premiered his directorial debut Summer of Soul (… or, if the Revolution couldn’t be televised), a documentary about the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969, in Sundance. The film won the Festival’s prestigious Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, and was recorded by Searchlight Pictures and Hulu. He is also said to be overseeing an upcoming document on Sly Stone.