Congrats to Questlove (real name Ahmir Khalib Thompson)! This week, it was announced that the artist, DJ, author, producer and member of the legendary group The Roots was named strategic advisor of Pandora. He also becomes the company’s first-ever artist ambassador. Pandora founder/CEO Tim Westergren said in a statement,
Questlove is one of the most talented and influential artists of our time. His near encyclopedic knowledge of the theory and history of music and his abiding passion for supporting artists of all kinds is a perfect match for our mission.”
Pandora is a company born of a musician’s experience. I’m very excited to join them in their mission to create a healthy and vibrant industry for artists and fans alike.
In his role as strategic advisor, Questlove will work closely with Pandora to offer his own insight as an artist for other talent, and aid with new initiatives and product strategy.
Questlove is a percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, music journalist, record producer, and occasional actor. He is best known as the drummer and joint frontman (with Black Thought) for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots. The Roots have been serving as the in-house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since February 14, 2014, continuing the role they served during the entire 969-episode run of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He is also one of the producers of the Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton.
He has produced recordings for artists including Elvis Costello, Common, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Jay-Z, Nikka Costa, and more recently, Al Green, Amy Winehouse, and John Legend. He is a member of the production teams the Soulquarians, The Randy Watson Experience, The Soultronics, and The Grand Wizzards.