Interviews

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Dez Dickerson: 'Put an explosion over it'


Dez Dickerson points at the audience at First Avenue

Prince's first guitarist, Dez Dickerson, talks with The Current's Andrea Swensson, taking us back to the early days, into the recording studio, and from the smallest clubs to the biggest stages. 'From the very beginning,' Dickerson says, 'Prince had a clear idea of what he wanted, how he wanted it, how he wanted us to coalesce as a band, what he wanted to say, and what message that would send.'

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: The sound of Prince and Peggy McCreary


Peggy McCreary was Prince's engineer in the early 1980s

Author Duane Tudahl has said, 'The sound of '1999' is the sound of Prince and Peggy McCreary.' An audio engineer at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, McCreary worked extensively with Prince not only on '1999,' but also on 'Purple Rain' and 'Parade,' plus some of Prince's other projects with the Time and Vanity 6. Andrea Swensson connected with McCreary for a fascinating conversation.

(Sandy) Alex G: 'I don't feel like a brand yet, I still feel like a person'


(Sandy) Alex G

On 'House of Sugar,' the lo-fi pop musician's third full-length release on Domino, his often warped voice swarms and lingers over warm walls of stringed instruments and looped synths. The album's themes are murky: memory runs backwards, sugar is spooned, and answers are buried with sand.

'Sound the Bells': where Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra meet


A woman with short dark hair wearing a green shirt in front of a blue wall

The live hip-hop album features a selection of Dessa's hip hop work with a group of vocalists and the full Minnesota Orchestra behind her. This years-long collaboration and cross-genre learning results in 'Sound the Bells' and some interesting marketing challenges.

Rex Orange County doesn't care what you call him (anymore)


Rex Orange County performs on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Alexander O'Connor, aka Rex Orange County, shares insights into his career thus far. 'You are something and you make a choice in your life, like, 'This is going to be great' -- and then it happens, and you're kind of like, 'This is more stressful than I imagined.'