A BRAND-NEW PRINCE INTERVIEW in the latest MOJO magazine lifts the lid on his latest incarnation as red-hot lead guitarist in funk-ridden rock quartet 3RDEYEGIRL, currently wowing the UK with their astonishingly intense guerrilla-style gigs. In advance of his UK invasion, Prince invited MOJO’s Will Hodgkinson to his secret Caribbean lair, subjected him to a weird vetting procedure before waxing surprisingly candid in an early-hours interview that included an exclusive premiere of his latest album, PLECTRUM ELECTRUM.
“People don’t understand real musicians anymore.”
The topics ranged far and wide, providing a fascinating insight into Prince’s mindset, where he is in 2014, and why.
On the fearsomely-drilled girls in his new band…
“To get in this world you’ve got to be good. We ain’t no punks. These girls have got to put up with me 24/7, which is not an easy job.”
On an unexpected influence on ethereal new ballad TICTACTOE…
“We recorded it in Bryan Ferry’s studio in London, after a night of partying for which the Cocteau Twins was the soundtrack. You can’t understand the words of Cocteau Twins songs but their harmonies put you in a dreamlike state.”
On the state of the music industry…
“People don’t understand real musicians anymore. Jack White is great, he’s the real thing, but he isn’t having hits. Why aren’t Vintage Trouble or Lianne La Havas having hits?”
MOJO’s in-depth cover article covers 16 pages of the new issue of the magazine, on sale in the UK from next Tuesday, February 25. Also in the issue: Ronnie Lane, Oasis, Neneh Cherry, Captain Beefheart, Pete Seeger, Aztec Camera, KISS, Elbow and The Bangles.