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  • - Hey, what's up?

  • This is Questlove and I don't believe in time.

  • And this is everything I do in a day.

  • [upbeat music]

  • I automatically wake up at 6:23AM.

  • I don't know why it's 6:23, but literally

  • when I open my eye, it's like Groundhog's Day,

  • I know it's 6:23AM.

  • Absolutely no alarm.

  • I spend the first 45 minutes writing down what my dream was.

  • I can only retain that information for maybe 15 minutes,

  • so I do a very weird, just non sequitur, random,

  • every detail of that dream,

  • which always involves a train.

  • I don't know why, but trains are always in my dream.

  • [train horn blowing]

  • I'll spend the next 60 to 90 minutes meditating.

  • After that meditation, ill spend the other hour writing

  • the 50 things that I wanna accomplish in a day,

  • in a year, in my lifetime.

  • I feel like writing down, it processes it

  • to your mind that it happened.

  • So by the time I'm done making my,

  • my wishlist, ill say that my feet hit the floor

  • around 11AM.

  • I don't even touch my social media

  • or my answering text message or emails until

  • at least 11 in the mornings.

  • At the time, I was quarantining on a friend's farm,

  • or ranch, or orchard.

  • I don't even, take your pick.

  • My next step would have been getting my 10,000 steps in.

  • So, I'll listen to comedy records, podcasts as well.

  • There's a really cool podcast by a guy named Open Mike Eagle

  • named, it's called "What Had Happened Was".

  • And that's where he takes an artist

  • and he goes through their entire career.

  • It's his first season is super-producer, Prince Paul.

  • And that's usually from like 11 to 12,

  • so I guess you could say that the Questlove Industry

  • starts around like 12 or 12:30.

  • I'll usually do like my first three glasses of water

  • in the morning and I take my vitamins.

  • That's super important.

  • The first thing I have in the morning is a Mark Hyman

  • Pegan Shake.

  • That's, that's kind of my first meal of the day.

  • I shower. I get dressed.

  • Because my hair is in braids,

  • I don't have to spend hours on my afro anymore

  • and I'm kind of fine with that.

  • I know that people used to like,

  • oh, your iconic afro.

  • But, you know, my hair's still there and I'm still me.

  • So usually, by 12:30 I'm in the car headed to 30 Rock

  • because I have to get tested every day

  • at a certain time when I go to that building.

  • There's another therapeutic process I do called pruning.

  • The ride from my house to 30 Rock,

  • I challenge myself everyday to discover 100 songs

  • I haven't heard before.

  • Ill just pick one song and then you'll scroll

  • to the bottom, and it'll say "listeners also listen to,"

  • blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

  • And then you pick that song and then you scroll

  • to the bottom.

  • You just get lost in a rabbit hole.

  • I call it pruning because I will compartmentalize

  • all those 100 songs to where they should go.

  • Okay, this should go in my DJ set.

  • But this should go in my driving mix in the daytime,

  • but this is my driving mix for the nighttime,

  • but this is my Sunday afternoon driving mix.

  • This is my Thursday night driving mix.

  • Music is also like a day to night thing to me,

  • so I, I get very CSI with it

  • as far as like forensics,

  • and figuring out which key a song is in, and all that stuff.

  • So, I make sure that no day goes by

  • in which I don't discover 100 new songs.

  • By the time I get to testing at 30 Rock,

  • a rare time of quasi-normalcy,

  • that's where I'll see

  • the Seth Meyer writers and crew people,

  • and that's where I'll see the cast of "SNL"

  • and the rest of the "Tonight Show" people.

  • We'll small talk

  • and then you get tested.

  • You pray it's negative.

  • So, there's always a moment where, you know,

  • they don't come back in ten minutes with your result,

  • you're like, you're in panic and like,

  • am I getting sent home today?

  • So, when that's gone, ill go to my office.

  • My

  • production team, ill talk to them about,

  • you know, whatever adjustments we have to make for that day.

  • And usually, I'm disturbed by the knock of,

  • [door knocking]

  • 3:10.

  • So exactly at 3:10,

  • I have to go on set.

  • We'll shoot all the commercial breaks at 3:10PM,

  • like four music cues.

  • That'll be done by 3:30.

  • So, ill spend that time eating my lunch.

  • And usually, I will get tuna salad

  • with no bread, or egg salad,

  • or sometimes I'll have a cheeseburger

  • with lettuce as the bread.

  • And then by 4PM, it's grooming time.

  • So I will have my beard shaped up by 4:00

  • and then it takes about 45 minutes to an hour

  • to get my hair ready, so I have to sit in the hair chair.

  • That's where I just sit and watch TV on my computer

  • while my hair is getting done.

  • I'm now watching, binging "Schitt's Creek".

  • I'm also binging "Fargo"

  • because my good friend Chris Rock is in that show, so.

  • I fell down a "Selling Sunset" rabbit hole.

  • I'm not even a reality-show-watcher,

  • but for some reason, there's just something

  • about the show that keeps you watching for no reason.

  • Back to Fallon,

  • Jimmy likes to wait as late as possible

  • for developing news to see if he can incorporate that

  • into his monologue.

  • Previously, we could get 300 people in the studio.

  • It's excitement.

  • There's energy in the air.

  • It's like a show.

  • Now, it's more like a public access show

  • and it's like just us.

  • Oftentimes, we'll just riff with each other.

  • It's sillier that way.

  • Like, I love it when the joke doesn't land.

  • Jimmy will edit that out.

  • But for me, the funniest parts of the show is

  • when he tells a joke and there's no laughter

  • and then we wound up laughing at that laughter,

  • and we'd wind up in a,

  • kind of an endless loop.

  • I'll say that 6:10, it's done with with.

  • And then I have to sit in the grooming chair

  • to rebraid my hair

  • or take the powder, the anti-shine off.

  • So usually, around 6:30PM,

  • either I'm gonna sit with my engineer

  • and work for the next seven hours on a Roots project

  • or something that I have to score.

  • My dressing room is a fully blown out studio

  • that I made like five albums in.

  • So, I will either work on music or record my podcast,

  • "Questlove Supreme".

  • Normally, I know about the person that's gonna be

  • on the show, but ill of the deep, rabbit-hole dive

  • on the internet for anything that I miss.

  • You know, some shows we'll end in an hour,

  • like Joy Reid was like an hour.

  • But then again, like Jimmy Jam was six hours and a half.

  • If I'm not doing that,

  • I'll say that I'm probably headed back home.

  • I'll do more pruning and when I get home,

  • I try to make sure that the meal that I ordered

  • from Postmates arrives in time.

  • My favorite thing to eat during quarantining is,

  • there's a spot in China Town

  • called New York Great Noodle Town.

  • To me, they have the world's best duck

  • and the world's best soft shell crabs.

  • Sometimes, I will also come home to DJ.

  • And I do that mostly to raise money

  • for the New York Food and Finance,

  • it's a high school of students that are

  • in the culinary arts.

  • I'm done at, let's say 11:30, midnight.

  • If my girlfriend is asleep already,

  • I will probably sneak and just get an hour

  • or two hours to myself,

  • just to sit and be by myself and relax.

  • I'll sit and watch old "Soul Train" reruns.

  • I'll make a peanut butter snack

  • and I'll go over whatever has to ready

  • for the next day.

  • And then I do a quickie,

  • like 15-minute meditation where I put the same music

  • on that I sleep to and look over my list of the day

  • of what I want to achieve.

  • And then I sleep to tone noises.

  • All right, full disclosure,

  • I might be the world's worst snorer.

  • In order to keep the anger level down of my girlfriend,

  • I discovered that if I put on these tones

  • if she falls asleep to

  • [Questlove humming]

  • you can't hear the

  • [Questlove imitating snoring]

  • below it, you know.

  • My bedroom kind of has those like Japanese shutters

  • that completely turn the room black.

  • It has to be completely dark in the room that I'm in.

  • I used to be the person that would fall asleep

  • to MSNBC,

  • and that became an obsession.

  • But what I didn't realize,

  • in falling asleep

  • and having that constant negative news loop

  • inside your head,

  • that can affect a lot in your life.

  • I made a deal with myself to not check the news,

  • to not check my social media,

  • to not even check messages.

  • So, that was the hardest,

  • that's the hardest drug to get off of.

  • That's pretty much my routine.

  • Guys, thank you very much for listening

  • to that whole shpeel.

  • And that's pretty much everything that I do in a day.

- Hey, what's up?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/21
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