Thursday, December 16, 2010
Interview With Prince.....
Singer, Songwriter, actor...and just plain ol' Genius. Prince Rogers Nelson, Aka Prince, stepped on the scene of music in 1978 and took our breath away with his "In your face style". Now known as "One of the most commercially successful artist of the last 20 years, producing ten platinum albums, and thirty Top 40 singles during his career, There seems to be no stopping him now. Releasing album after album, Tour after tour more than 100 million records sold...The living legend, there is only one Prince....
Ms.A: What an honor to have to here today Prince! I want to start off by thanking you for allowing me to press your buttons LOL
Prince: LOL your welcome Ms.A, if I was gonna sit down and have a chat with anybody in this day and age it would be you
Ms.A: Why thank you so much!
Prince: Salutations SAU!
Ms.A: So during this interview I want to get to know a lot of things most people wouldn't actually know about you how's that?
Prince: Sounds great you guys want to take a dive into my purple lair of paradise? Then so be it
Ms.A: So in the beginning 76' to be exact, you created a demo tape in a Minneapolis studio if you can remember back to that point in your beginning, what type of music/sound did that demo hold?
Prince: 76', that was a pretty long time ago I forget I'm that old sometimes Ms.A but the music that holds is more than just a sound, it was my life at the time.I knew I wanted to do nothing other than music, I was so passionate about and that was my love.I remember that demo was very Raw because I was not a polished artist in any since of the word, but I knew that this was my heart and soul in this demo it was all that I could possibly do with my life.If I had to do anything else I would have died on the inside.But to put into words best I can about it I thought was a very 'rock and roll' distinctive sound that I was trying to reach on that demo and I think I reached it in my rawest form.
Ms.A: After the ball began to roll with your career, the one of the first steps an artist usually goes for is creating an image. As hard as it is now a days to stand out amongst the crowd of other artists and find their own "Niche", your image absolutely stood out and made its mark on pop culture as a whole. what do you think it was and still is about your image that made that connection with your audience during the crazy 80's?
Prince: I think my image was definitely helpful in the crazy 80's, but I'm a crazy man so me and the 80's made love and berth a beautiful child as well as in the 90's.You know I was who I was, I'm not a gimmick that someone put together in a label office, this is me and thankfully I came up in a time when artist had more 'say so' in there career than they do now, so I think it was just totally meant to be that the connection between me and the fans were going to be, there (the 80's) it was almost like soul mates you know? When there's true love and passion coming from 2 people, that's how I feel me and the fans in the 80's were.But not to understate the passion and honesty in my music which also allowed a connection to the fans, they could relate back to what I was talking about
Ms.A: in 82' you released the double album1999' which sold well over 3 million albums and peaked at #9 on the charts. Your video for "Little Red Corvette" was one of the first of two videos played on a major music network, the other being Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". At that point when you and Michael Jackson were basically going head to head was there any actual "Musical Beef" with you two?
Prince: LOL, Now I wont say if we had a musical beef for real or not I think that's one of the musical industry's greatest wise tales, and I hope that its still talked about 40 years from now or 100 years from now. I will say I have so much love for Michael and I really really miss him and he was gone far to soon.He was the King and a musical talent that none of us has ever witnessed before. I will give a little hint our "Beef" till this day is still influencing different situations in the music as we speak... what did you think of our musical beef Ms.A? I would love to hear your thoughts on it
Ms.A: Well of course I was very small around that time but growing up I always had something in me that wanted to know about each and every musical genius that has paved the way for so many to do what they do today...realizing that the media and certain other outlets began this "Beef" was actually brilliant in some aspects because it put music from two wonderful artists to the forefront, each and every person listening to the next single you guys put out to see if there was some form of a hint and also plain and simple the music was actually good.
Prince: Your mom let you listen to me when you were younger? Michael was always more PG than I was...
Ms.A: LOL I love it
Prince: But there couldn't be 2 of him I had to go on and I did not mind playing the freaky bedroom guy it was more fun that way anyway! Great Answer by the way Ms.A
Ms.A: On to one of my favorites The infamous "Purple Rain"
Prince: uh oh now!
Ms.A: 13 million + albums sold, 24 weeks at #1, and a Movie of the same title that made headlines left and right...Now Of course millions of questions pop into my mind but the first has to be What in the hell kind of place were you in during that amazing time in your career?
Prince: Honestly, I spent a lot of that time high Ms.A, I was dealing with a personal struggle of mine.So my life was a struggle at that point I lost a true love in my life, I had family issues and I was losing it and when I made that album it was an out for me, it was a release. It let go of my inner fears and desires and worries I attribute that album to me being alive today, I really do. While I was in it, I did not enjoy my time in that moment, but now I can sit back and say that was a hell of a run that I had, and I'm so fortunate and blessed, and I'm even more thankful for that album because I'm still alive!
Ms.A: So I'll name a song from the album you give us a little insight into what that song actually means, starting with "The Beautiful Ones"
Prince: When I was writing that song I was in love and dating a woman and she was a beautiful woman but ugly soul.Her friends would encourage her to do better than me and they would call themselves "the beautiful ones" with there nose in the air so that's where a lot that song came from because of my inspiration from them.
Ms.A: "I Would Die For You"
Prince: You see its a trend man, this same woman really fucked me up man but I'm thankful for the inspiration!
Prince: I was so in love that I would die for her, and I was trying to tell her that, and one day I did and sang this song for her before anybody heard it Ms.A she called me crazy and laughed and said I wouldn't die for you so stop singing that rubbish...CRAZY BITCH! oh well
Ms.A: Obviously there's no getting around the big beast in the room, which is the title track "Purple Rain" Now Prince....
Prince: LMFAO I knew Ms.A was bold enough to go here...
Ms.A: Now I'm going here with my eyes closed SAU...Prince what is the meaning of that damn "Purple Rain"?
Prince: What does it mean to you? Purple Rain means whatever you want it to mean.Its interchangeable to every person that ever hears that record.Because my meaning of it is not your meaning of it, and yours is not the same as the next person. So its not fair to put one entire meaning behind a song like that. As long as you know when it comes on its time to put your mother fuckin lighters up!
Prince: I can never disclose what it means to me that's like a person who has a crush on a celebrity and they get the chance to sleep with them.....9 times out of 10 you will be disappointed at the end. So I'm taking that one with me Ms.A but I want it to mean whatever it means to you and that goes for every person that hears it.
Ms.A: That's understandable...SAU we'll take it
Prince: LOL but maybe one day over some hot tea in Minnesota me and you can have a private conversation about it and break down the song but the world is not ready for that.
Ms.A: So who are some of your favorite artists out now?
Prince: My favorite artist now? I don't have many but I love my Queen Beyonce! I serve in her kingdom it is her world! I love that woman she I can go on for 10 more minutes but I love that woman! I'm a fan of B.o.B I like what he is doing and Nicki Minaj intrigues me I have one eye on her...
Prince: I love Kem, and I'm a huge Sara Bareilles fan I love her sound and honesty and raw emotion
Ms.A: Now on to more recent news you recently made headlines by saying "the Internet is over" explaining that certain avenues for music won't pay you in advance for your records but get pretty upset when they can't have it. Can you elaborate a little bit more on your opinion about the Internet being "Over"?
Prince: The Internet is over and is trash other than your site Ms.A, that's the only thing keeping it honest a little.The Internet as far as being over I was using in terms of the music industry.The Internet has been nothing but bad just plain BAD. They rob our music and post it on the Internet for free I compare that to you cant just go to a dealership and take a BMW when you want, but you can just rob our music when that cost us money to put it out? A radio single nowadays can cost almost $1 million dollars after you pay producers writers etc... and all that is asked to pay is .99 cents for you to enjoy it forever, is that to much to ask? Of course its a numbers game for the artist, you want 2 million people to pay .99 cents so you can make some money, I know that, but the Internet allows you to just take it and that is wrong. I know that you don't get enough credit for this, but you don't post alternative links to download peoples music and I love that! Thank you for having a heart. Now on to Steve Jobs (who I think is the devil on earth) he does not want to pay us upfront for our music, but uses our names to promote his program iTunes, where we get smaller cuts of the pie than on any service.A new single is $1.29 the artist and labels are only getting .80 cents that they have to divide with writers and producers.Apple is getting almost .40 cents! How is that fair when most likely the artist who made the song will get less than that when the royalties are cut? On amazon they take a far less price, but Apple is over the market share because they have the money to promote more than amazon and that's not fair to artist! We're playing by this man's RULES and its not right! I refuse to do so.Than you can pay $1.29 for a song called the "Stanky Leg" but there gonna price it same as a Bob Dylan song? not fair at all and Apple is bullshit The Internet is over!
Ms.A: That takes me to the next question No Stress, No Charts, No piracy" is what your quoted as saying about the 2.5 million albums distributed for free among the U.K of "20ten" what was your reasoning for this?
Prince: They were gonna steal it anyway, and I don't like anybody taking anything out of my pocket! I rather give it away.I wont stop doing what I love I wont stop making music so I have to adapt. Soon all artist are going to have to make money on tour, selling records will be extinct really soon, the album will truly be just to promote your tour like a club flyer handout for a party. Its sad to say but that's where were headed
Ms.A: Speaking of Touring what are your expectations going into this "Welcome to America" Tour?
Prince: OH! I have high expectations, very high because I want it to be a different show every night, so if you come to a Boston show it wont be the same in New York. I feel my fans deserve that. I have a lot of old school fans that have written to my label saying there taking off and following the tour to every stop and today's kids are not like that.So I want to give my true fans something to remember that they wont forget and put on a show only Prince can
Ms.A: Prince my leader of the purple underground of which I am a card holder..Thank you so much for having this sit down with me, I have a wonderful time picking at you! LOL thank you for putting up with me!
Prince: Awww Ms.A Your welcome, I had so much fun thank you Thank you SAU!