Wise words from Questlove

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It says on the back of your book that you have been known to “DJ damn near every night of [your] life.” Don’t you just want to sleep on some nights?

DJing is my cocaine — you gotta do something after the show to unwind. That’s where debauchery comes from. I prefer to unwind by DJing. I learned that from Mike D from the Beastie Boys. After a show, he would DJ. Once I saw that, I wanted to do that. And now DJing is like my lifeline. I love the power it represents. Other DJs don’t like it when people take their phones out to Shazam [an app that identifies songs]. I love Shazam. Every song I play, Shazam it! Now it’s yours forever. Now you’re wiser. I’ll play “Sho Nuff” by Sly, Slick and Wicked. That’s the song Justin Timberlake’s song “Suit and Tie” is based off of. People hear that. Now Sly, Slick and Wicked have new fans. That’s what makes people appreciate music. That’s the role I want to play.