Dreaming with Questlove: Soul Train Pressure

DreamStates: Questlove — Art Direction by Nessim Higson

Questlove is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist and record producer. He is best known as the drummer for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots, which is now the in-house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He has produced for artists such as Common, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Jay-Z, Nikka Costa and more recently, Al Green, Amy Winehouse and John Legend. He’s also featured in our new animated web series, DreamStates, talking about his crazy, bizarre recurring dream. DreamStates takes a look into our dreams through the eyes of creative innovators from the worlds of music and film. In Questlove’s dream he is watching himself on a movie screen while he waits for a train at 30th St. Station in Philly, worries about failing out of school and is plagued with the daunting task of coming up with a new theme song and animation to Soul Train. What? We can’t make this up. Check it out.

Sundance Channel teamed up with creative agency, Option-G, for the new collaborative animated video series, DreamStates. The series includes interviews with musicians Questlove (The Roots) and Mike Gordon (Phish), actor/comedian Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), actress Malin Akerman (WATCHMEN, COUPLES RETREAT) and writer/documentarian Sebastian Junger (THE PERFECT STORM/RESTREPO).

About the Art Director: Nessim Higson

Option-G was familiar with Nessim’s work from the “PSST! Pass It On”  video series and thought he’d be perfect for the Questlove episode of DreamStates. Nessim Higson runs IAAH, which functions on the core belief of good design = good business, and that design has a responsibility to not only contribute to the economic market but also to the social fabric of society. The studio has been recognized nationally and internationally by organizations including, but not limited to, Communication Arts, Print, Graphics, DGV; and was recently named a young gun by the Art Directors Club of NY. You can see Nessim’s work at http://iamalwayshungry.com

DreamStates: Questlove

Created by Option-G
Design and Art Direction: Nessim Higson
Directed by Greg Tomlinson and Cole Gerst
Produced by Calvin Florian and Greg Tomlinson
Director of Photography: Lucas Millard
Lead Animator: Jerry Liu
Additional Animator: Aaron Baker
Edited by Azita Ayagh Morris
Dreamstates Open and End Credits by Eric Lacombe
Audio Sweetening by Juan Baez
Dreamstates Music by Ben Jastatt
Executive Producer for Sundance Channel Jeff Kunken
Thanks to Questlove, Mark Liepis and Keith McPhee

Be sure to check out Questlove’s bizarre dream, and more from DreamStates.