Interviews

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Fred Armisen, 'I could talk about Prince endlessly'


Fred Armisen on 'Late Night with Seth Meyers'

Actor, comedian and musician Fred Armisen ('Saturday Night Live'; 'Portlandia'; 'Late Night with Seth Meyers') discovered Prince shortly after the release of '1999.' In a conversation with Andrea Swensson, Armisen talks about how he first heard Prince and became a fan for life. 'Prince really became my favorite artist,' Armisen says. 'I really soaked up every lyric, every little drumbeat, everything about him.' Listen to Andrea's full conversation with Fred Armisen.

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: LeRoy Bennett, 'Prince was beyond anybody'


Production and Lighting designer LeRoy Bennett

Production/lighting designer LeRoy Bennett began working with Prince in 1980 and continued working with him until 1994. 'I was blessed that I started my life and this career with him,' says Bennett, who has gone on to work with such artists as Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. 'Prince pushed you knowing that you were giving all that you could.' Listen to Andrea Swensson's full conversation with Bennett.

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Jellybean Johnson, 'Prince knew we had something special here in Minneapolis'


Morris Day, Jellybean Johnson and Jerome Benton of The Time

While making the documentary series 'Prince: The Story of 1999,' Andrea Swensson spoke to drummer and guitarist Jellybean Johnson, a legend of the Minneapolis Sound and a founding member of The Time. Andrea spoke to Johnson about what it was like coming up in music with Prince, and how Prince helped shape the sound and the look of The Time, the Revolution and more.

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Bobby Z, 'Prince went from a caterpillar to a butterfly in that one purple trench coat'


Bobby Z

Bobby Rivkin - better known as Bobby Z - first met Prince in the mid-1970s and went on to become drummer for the Revolution. While making 'Prince: The Story of 1999,' Andrea Swensson spoke to Bobby Z about his many memories working with Prince, including Bobby's theory about Prince's famous purple trench coat. Listen to Andrea's full conversation with Bobby Z.

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Lisa Coleman, 'Prince and I just connected musically'


Wendy Melvoin, Prince and Lisa Coleman

As part of the making of Prince: The Story of 1999, Andrea Swensson got the chance to speak to Prince's longtime collaborator and keyboard player, Lisa Coleman. Lisa joined Prince's band in the early 1980s and became a member of the Revolution. 'Hang around Prince, and stuff was going to happen,' Coleman recalls. Listen to Andrea's full conversation with Lisa Coleman.

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.