Legendary hip hop and soul band The Roots recently performed at the Kellogg's Recharge Bar as part of their new partnership. We caught up with the artists to talk about music, Sting, Jimmy Fallon, and more.
The Roots have been together for 25 years, and they're still keeping things fresh. “For one [thing], we control our job,” says The Roots' Questlove. “We could do something exciting [and different] every day. Every day is Saturday.”
The band's most recent project is a partnership with Kellogg’s cereal. Wanting to give back to the music community and fans, The Roots recently paid it forward by performing at the Kellogg's Recharge Bar, a temporary pop-up in New York City, with young students from their alma mater, the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA).
We caught up with band members Questlove and Black Thought following the performance to hear more about the collaboration, their advice to young artists, and what they think of Sting.
Where did the name The Roots come from?
BLACK THOUGHT: We used to be called The Square Roots, many, many moons ago. The Roots was kind of a nickname for The Square Roots and that’s kind of the one that stuck over the years.
You just performed with your alma mater. Do you have any advice for them and other young artists out there?
BT: First, I’d advise them to eat a good breakfast. A nice, good bowl of cereal. And, I would say, if you’re in the situation where you’re being granted or afforded an arts education, take advantage of it because it doesn’t come every day and it usually comes at a premium.
QUESTLOVE: Raise the stakes. You now have to practice 15,000 hours, not 10,000 hours.
You’re the house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. That must be a fun set. Any stories to share?
Q: One day Sting was in the hallway and just on a whim I was like, “Hey, you want to come in and do a song with us real quick?”
BT: He came out.
Q: Stuff like that happens all the time. You just have magical moments.
Is Jimmy Fallon as funny off-camera as he is on-camera?
BT: He’s great.
Q: We’re a bunch of 14-year-olds on sets, so it’s just like we’re a bunch of 14-year-olds living out our dreams as adults.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SETH OLENICK