How Questlove Is Bringing Music Back to Television - The Daily Beast -
07.23.14 Kevin Fallon
Ahead of SoundClash’s premiere we had the chance to chat with Questlove about his music-TV education, and how that gave birth to his new show. The biggest takeaway: This is someone whoreally knows his music.[…]
When you approached T.I., London Grammar, and Fall Out Boy to do this, what was their initial response to it?
The artists who are doing these first programs, a lot of them were overtly excited about it. Ed Sheeran especially. He was like, “Dude, you gotta do it with me.” I was like, “I don’t know if NBC will let me do that right now.” Patrick Stump [of Fall Out Boy] and I go way back. He’s a music nerd. Truth be told, Patrick and Diplo [who hosts SoundClash] were neck and neck in my dream wish list for this show. Obviously this is a show that’s tailor-made for me, and if I couldn’t do it myself, I wanted a music nerd. These are cats who are always trying to one-up you on a particular song that you don’t have, or a particularly beat that they discovered, or, “Have you heard this version of George Michael’s 1981 ‘Careless Whisper’ demo?” So I wanted someone who just loved music.
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