By Amanda Wicks
The legendary musician and composer Quincy Jones recently sat down with Dr. Dre for his weekly podcast, The Pharmacy with Dr. Dre, on Beats 1 Radio. Dubbing the episode “Q&A,” which is short for “Quincy and Andre,” Dr. Dre spoke with Jones about his life and career in music. Listen to the full episode below.
Jones opened up about how growing up in Chicago aimed him towards a life of crime, but music changed all that one night. “There was an armory,” he shared with Dr. Dre. “I broke into the armory and eventually I broke into all the supervisors’ rooms and there was one where I saw a little piano in the room and I closed the door. Something said to me, ‘Idiot, go back in that room!’ I went back in the room and touched the piano… and every drop of blood in my body said, ‘this is what you’re gonna do for the rest of your life.’…and it saved my life.”
The two discussed Jones’ work producing Michael Jackson’s Thriller. According to Jones, there was some hesitation about releasing the album because it was so different from other music at the time. “You have to take a chance,” he told Dr. Dre. “You have to take a big chance.”
That attitude helped Jones earn the 79 Grammy nominations he’s accrued since he first started in the business. When Dr. Dre asked him about his fears, Jones candidly responded, “I’ve never ever bowed to the word ‘fear.’ The only thing that I had fear of was being offered an incredible opportunity and I was not prepared for it.”