Ludacris Interviews Quincy Jones at ASCAP Expo
Ludacris is used to being on the receiving end of questions but for the ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ Expo he flipped the script to interview music producer Quincy Jones. Affectionately referring to Jones as his godfather, the Atlanta native introduced Jones to aspiring musicians during the three-day conference held in Los Angeles, Calif.
With a career spanning sixty years, the 77-year-old record producer went back in time admitting that as an adolescent growing up in Chicago, he initially aspired to be a gangster. “They way we came up, I never thought we’d live past 35,” Jones said during the 90-minute interview. “I never thought about people playing music.” Jones recalled walking into a building with a piano one day and discovering his knack for instruments. “God said this is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life,” he said. “I became a music junkie.”
Among his many career highlights was producing Michael Jackson‘s ‘Thriller’ album which would go on to become the top selling album of all-time. Jones explained that what drew him to Jackson was his curiosity and willingness to learn and test musical boundaries. “Everybody was telling him he couldn’t be any bigger. I said, ‘We’ll see.”
Luda also touched on Jones’ personal life inquiring about his three marriages and seven children, whom Jones calls his “Nobel Peace Prize.” When asked how he maintains his longevity Jones answered, “I never turn my creativity off.”