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Questlove

Questlove

Keynote Speaker: Musician, Music Journalist, Producer & Drummer for The Roots

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Questlove Biography

Ahmir Khalib Thompson, known professionally as Questlove, is a musician, drummer, record producer, disc jockey, filmmaker, music journalist, and actor. He is the drummer and joint frontman (with Black Thought) for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots, which has been serving as the in-house band for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" since 2014. Beyond his work with The Roots, Questlove has produced recordings for a wide range of artists, including Elvis Costello, Common, D'Angelo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Jay-Z, Nikka Costa, Al Green, Amy Winehouse, and John Legend, and he played drums on Christina Aguilera's song "Loving Me 4 Me" and Joss Stone's cover of the White Stripes' "Fell in Love with a Girl."

Questlove has received many accolades for his work, such as an Academy Award, six Grammy Awards, and a BAFTA Award. Notable wins include a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2000, and an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Film for "Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)."

In addition to his music career, Questlove is the co-founder of the websites Okayplayer and OkayAfrica. He has also created and hosted the podcast Questlove Supreme, launched a weekly radio show on Pandora, and started his own publishing imprint, Auwa Books. He has written several books, including "Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove," "Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation," "Something To Food About: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs," "Creative Quest," and "Music Is History."

Questlove made his directorial debut with the film "Summer of Soul," which won multiple awards, including Best Documentary at the 94th Academy Awards and the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. He is currently working on a feature documentary about J Dilla titled Dilla Time. Moreover, he had an active role in the Broadway play "Fela!" as an associate producer and he was one of the producers of the cast album of the Broadway musical Hamilton. He is also an adjunct instructor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University.

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Questlove Videos

Questlove Talks the Art of Food
Questlove: "Creative Quest" | Talks at Google
Questlove Remembers When Jimmy Won The Roots Over

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How much does it cost to book Questlove for a speaking engagement?

Speaking fees for Questlove, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Questlove are $100,000 - $200,000 for live events and $100,000 - $200,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Questlove, click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.

What topics does Questlove speak about?

Questlove is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Music, Entertainers, Celebrity, Diversity & Inclusion, Television & Film, Entertainment, Virtual and College.

Where does Questlove travel from?

Questlove generally travels from Philadelphia, PA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

Who is the agent for Questlove?

AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully secured keynote speakers like Questlove for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Questlove for your next private or corporate function.

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Questlove is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Music, Entertainers and Celebrity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Questlove for live events is $100,000 - $200,000, and for virtual events $100,000 - $200,000. Questlove generally travels from Philadelphia, PA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Common, Aloe Blacc and Janelle Monáe. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Questlove for an upcoming event.

Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 11/06/2024.

Questlove Videos

Questlove Talks the Art of Food
Questlove: "Creative Quest" | Talks at Google
Questlove Remembers When Jimmy Won The Roots Over
Artist Spotlight: Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson - YouTube

Questlove Reviews

  • This was a fantastic experience from start to finish, this was my first time with AAE and I am excited to work with you again on another project in the future.
    Asana - Dec 17 2020

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