Prince: ‘We don’t know what day it is and we don’t care. There is no clock’

My God, Prince is 55 years old!!!! When did that happen? He still looks so young too. Prince covers the new issue of V Magazine, and he’s giving me very strong Jimi Hendrix vibes, style-wise. Like, if Jimi got his eyebrows professionally waxed, this is what he would have liked like too. Anyway, Prince is still an in-demand artist, he still records albums and tours and he has a new band too, 3RDEYEGIRL. You can read the full Prince piece here at V Mag. Here are some highlights:

Prince keeps the mystery: He’s eschewed the PR opportunities afforded by the latest tech almost completely, refusing to put his videos on YouTube and offering new music mostly for sale on his websites. And in part by making himself so unavailable, he’s remained as mysterious as ever. Prince has always refused any label the world wants to slap on him. A devout Jehovah’s Witness since 2001, he writes music that is explicit about both Jesus and sexual desire. He’s a black man with light skin who usually dresses in clothes that seem inspired by female icons, from Twiggy to Marie Antoinette. A heterosexual man who deeply worships sexually confident women, he nonetheless wants to dominate them. Prince keeps his private life private: he’s usually either on the road or at Paisley Park, his $10 million compound in the suburbs of his hometown of Minneapolis, with multiple recording studios, wardrobe rooms, a video-editing suite, a sound stage, production offices, rehearsal areas, and “the vault,” which includes his extensive library of unreleased recordings.

The band 3RDEYEGIRL: It’s made up of Danish bassist Ida Nielsen, wearing pigtails, blonde Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University jazz performance major Hannah Ford-Welton, on drums, and Canadian Donna Grantis, with half her head shaved, playing a wild, shredding guitar. “I’m trying to get these women’s careers started, because they’re all so talented,” he tells me later. “It’s not even about me anymore.”

Why he created the band: “This organization is different than most, in the sense that we don’t take directions from the outside world. It’s like a galaxy. The sun is in the center giving of energy, and everything revolves around it.” He talks about what it would be like if instead of the sun giving of energy, energy was trying to exert its force on the sun. That wouldn’t make a lot of sense. It would be, he says, like “meteors hitting a planet!” What makes much more sense is “a sun pulling everything around on its own axis, with information. The sun is information. Nobody really talks to me. Nobody talks to me a lot.”

There is no clock in Prince’s world: “I directed a couple films and it was taxing in that people were asking me questions about their jobs.” He much prefers peace and calm. “I have to be quiet to make what I make, do what I do.” He takes a breath. “Another thing that’s different about this organization is that time here is slowed down, because we don’t take information from the outside world. We don’t know what day it is and we don’t care. There is no clock.”

Reconciling his religion with his sexualized music: “First of all, do you see a difference in religions?” he asks. I say no, suggesting all religions are based on the same idea and then corrupted by their human leaders. “Then what are the wars about?” he asks, unhappy with my answer. “If one religion believes Christ is the king, and another doesn’t, then there’s a difference in religions.” He goes on for a bit, and adds, “we are sensual beings, the way God created us, when you take the shame and taboo away from it,” and continues that religion should be thought of like a force, an electro-magnetic one or like gravity, that puts things in motion. Then he says, “I don’t want to talk about this.”

On sin: “You have to look at the origin of the word,” he says. “Humans needed a language to describe a rule given from some group from…” He pauses, then says, and this is as I remember it: “Words are tricky. And plus these days I just talk to the folks in the outside world about music. If you were a student and I was teaching you something we could get into that. We can’t do this before a dance party.”

Does he have an iPhone? “Are you serious?” he says. “Hell, no.” He mimics a high-voiced woman. “Where is my phone? Can you call my phone? Oh, I can’t find it.”

His fans: “People come to see us fifty times. Well, that’s not just going to see a concert—that’s some other mess going on. This music changes you. These people are not being satisfied elsewhere by musicians, you feel what I’m saying? It’s no disrespect to anyone else, because we’re not checking for them. But we don’t lip synch. We ain’t got time for it. Ain’t no tape up there.”

Working with all-girls: “I’m calmer now,” he says. “I’m rougher with men. I bring my tone down with women. If they make a mistake, I don’t look at them and go, ‘Seriously?!’” He talks about Ford-Welton missing a cue on one of their songs and how he simply gestured to her and told her just not to do it next time. “I explained that she had to pay attention. Stay in the moment.” Then he smiles. “Let’s go to the party.”

[From V Magazine]

There’s a lot in the article about how tech-adverse Prince is, and how he won’t even allow his fans to take fan-photos of him. He also didn’t allow the V Mag journalist to tape his interview, or even take notes, which is just bizarre. For what it’s worth, I don’t even think this is an “act” with Prince. I think he really is this man of mystery, he really does hate technology, he really does want his independence away from the regular music industry system, and he’s found a way to do his own thing. I do think Prince’s relationships with women are fascinating… and I can see how working with just girls probably has “softened” him. Whatever, man. He’s PRINCE.

Photos courtesy of V Magazine.

 

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  1. bsh says:

    Jeovah’s Witness? Oh, no..

  2. T.fanty says:

    I LOVE those pics. He is Prince. That is all.

    Actually, that isn’t all. I was thinking about Prince during the Robin Thicke/sexism debate. Prince always writes explicit lyrics and is always talking about sex with women, yet it is never degrading. Even a song like Darling Nikki is about empowered, sexually demanding women who won’t be a passive receptacle of male desire. *This* is the difference, and something today’s artists would do well to learn from.

  3. neelyo says:

    These photos don’t even look like him. It’s like some female star did a photo shoot and they thought it would be fun to dress her up like Prince.

  4. Mercy says:

    EFFING EPIC…He doesnt OWN a CELLPHONE..GOD YOU’ve GOT TO LOVE this man..There’s only 1PRINCE,YEEZUS,take notes!I read this, this morning, in Amsterdam

    • DreamyK says:

      I’m a huge Jack White fan and he’s also an artist that, while embracing new technology in making his music, eschew’s that same knowledge when it comes to playing that music.

      He doesn’t like it when people use their cell phones at his concert to film him, light up the theater etc. It messes with what he believes is an organic, living breathing thing when he is onstage. I totally respect that.

      Also? I am dying to know how Prince is in bed. I bet he’s the kinkiest mutha that ever was. Heh. Dude is a hot, tiny, seething mass of sexiness.

  5. gobo says:

    yeah he went Jehova after he had a baby with a lady which had a pretty awful terminal genetic disease- didn’t last very long. Then he spoke to a friend who was Jehovah’s witness and decided to convert. Queue- not writing much sexy stuff anymore and refusing hip replacements as you need transfusions. He must be crippled by pain. There is a really good video of Kevin Smith talking about his time doing a documentary for Prince- only available because he never signed the non disclosure agreement.

    • Lemony says:

      Prince rocks!
      I’m from MN & have friends who attend the congregation he belongs to as they share the same faith & they’ve told me his very shy but very nice & cool.
      Also, my friend who is a JW had hip surgery last year, so I don’t know what you’re talking about….I’ve had patients who are JW & they just need to have bloodless surgery, which is interestingly becoming quite common.

    • hazeldazel says:

      I remember hearing him talk about his time with Prince and how crazy he was. He would make all this music and movies – never to see the light of day. Just put it in the vault! He actually reminds me a LOT of how Howard Hughes was.

      Man, when Prince finally does die, there is going to be soooo much good stuff released!

    • lambchops says:

      I think you’re thinking of Christian Scientists who don’t believe in modern medicine.

      • GByeGirl says:

        Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t allow blood transfusions, so they are averse to many surgeries where it could be necessary. They use to ban organ transplants too and it was so sad that many died because of it. If they do allow an autotransfusion, then it’s very new. When I was in the cult, it was still a no-no. They come up with new rules and call them “New Light” when science does various things to prove the bible wrong. They were kind of screwed when it came out that milk contains tons of white blood cells because things would’t go well if they required all the believers to go dairy free as well.

    • jaye says:

      I thought he did have hip replacement surgery.

  6. Arock says:

    He’s Prince, bitches. He does what he wants. I love that funky, little man. He owns it and all that being prince is. God bless him and his purple boots.

  7. bns says:

    I’m going to wait and read the whole thing, but I get so excited whenever I see him.

  8. EIleen says:

    He’s an artistic genius- I never hear reports of a massive ego or being abusive to other people-Rock on Prince!

  9. janie says:

    He’s the man.. Pretty much says it all.

  10. Mandy says:

    This man intimidates the hell outta me. Don’t get me wrong, Prince IS a genius and his music -well, his music in the 80′s-90′s, not a fan of anything recent- is incredible. He just seems like he would be a nightmare to deal with!

  11. Dawn says:

    I love, love, love Prince and I have for a long time. I was lucky enough to see him performing around MPLS before he hit and big and he was so crazy good no one ever wanted him to quit. It was great. Prince truly is a musical genius, he plays his own instruments, writes the music, writes the lyrics all without using curse words like m-fker this or that. He was an A student all through school according to friends who went to school with him. And he doesn’t scream nonsense at every opportunity. I could go on and on but the last reason I love Prince so much is he kicked Kimmode off the stage at a concert for being such a boring and bad dancer! Loved it!

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      Great descriptive writing – that must have been a cool concert – see Prince differently now

      • Dawn says:

        Friends and I used to frequent a club called Blondies on 26th & 26th in Mpls and when he played you couldn’t move. In the last set of the night he would always come out in a purple rain coat and just get nuts. We all knew he was done for the night when the coat came off he was standing there in purple underwear. In truth the guy is about 5’2 but when he sings he is just huge. That is the truth.

      • jaye says:

        I remember my mom and I were in Caldor’s (remember Caldor’s?) and I asked my mom if I could get an album (remember albums?) and I came back with “1999″ and “Dirty Mind”. Now if anyone remember the cover shot of “Dirty Mind” you’ll remember that Prince was on the cover shirtless and in black panties (that really is the only way to describe them) and black thigh high stockings. My mom took one look at the cover and made me put it right back. She fussed me out the whole way home, lol.

  12. Leigh_S says:

    Love him, his music, his attitude, his wierdness … all of it

    Saw him in Toronto last time he played there and it was the best thing ever. He’s right about the lip syncing too. He does what he wants, flings out HILARIOUS commments left and right. No way to effectively blend lip syncing with his tempermental ass. (and god love him for it!!)

  13. Dana M says:

    I saw him about 15 years ago in a concert in Texas. He is THE MAN!!

  14. Ellie66 says:

    I love those pics he does kinda through a Hendrix vibe. Prince has always been a sexy little dude! :D love what he said about the phone lol! Come to think if it I wonder what he thinks of all this Kanye, Beyonce and Jay-z crap? Hmmmm…

  15. Jayna says:

    He is timeless and brilliant musically. Fans of all ages. I love Lenny Kravitz more, though, who also has his own way of recording music and is eclectic in that way as well as marches to his own beat, living very bohemian in his trailer on an island recording part of his album. He’s not as musically brilliant as Prince, but I appreciate his creativity
    also.

  16. PinkyTuscadero says:

    i.will.love.him.always.

  17. Eleonor says:

    He is the Purple one, a true artist, he’s not a poseur like dunno…cough cough Kanye West.
    Prince is really THAT weird.

  18. phaksi says:

    Love him!! The man is a living legend, unlike Beyonce and Kanye who are legends in their own minds

  19. Marisa says:

    Always loved this man. I finally got to see him live a few years back. I had nosebleed seats, and he still made my shake it in my chair. Plus he didn’t have an opening act…because he’s MF Prince!

  20. diva says:

    He’s amazing. I love his older music more than his new stuff but I love that he’s still making music and touring. I still haven’t seen him in concert =(

  21. phaksi says:

    Prince is a musical genius. Madonna has nothing on him! His fans forgive his crazy because we recognise he is a legend

  22. Miss M says:

    “We don’t know what day it is and we don’t care.”
    I don’t know what day it is because I work pretty much everyday, lol.

  23. jaye says:

    I don’t think anyone on here who is a Prince fan denies his crazy. It’s part of what is genius about him. And there is a PALPABLE difference between Madonna and Prince. Prince plays several different instruments and produces his own music. He’s not prancing around in the outfits of his youth. His style is eccentric but it HAS matured. His new music may not be selling like his old music, but he’s still selling out concerts because he’s still that good. Comparing Prince and Madonna is like comparing crazy, genius apples to crazy, youth obsessed oranges.

  24. Maggie says:

    Oh I envy ppl that have seen him in concert. I would love love love to see him perform!!!!!

  25. PhillyGurl says:

    I remember the man from Purple Rain and that was the real Prince. Then he became to fabulous for the room.

    -No one else remember him writing slave on his face. Please.(Pussy riot are slaves douche)

    -Not signing releases just to be a pain in the butt.(Wendy Williams said she would do the interview and then write whatever she wanted about him.)

    -Making money off of sexually explicit lyrics(the fun music) and then all of a sudden being wholesome or whatever the frig he is.

    -And the now I can barely talk above a whisper act. (ex Janet and Micheal Jackson, Eddie Murphy )

    Over it!

    • jaye says:

      He was kind of an ass in the movie, too…lol. He wrote “slave” on his face because he was pissed that Warner Bros owned his masters and could release them at will without his consent. If he felt like a “slave” to WB, it’s his right to feel that way and it doesn’t have anything to do with Pussy Riot. He had a life changing event happen in his life, (his infant son died), he became a Jehovah’s Witness and his lyrical content changed. You seem to be implying that that makes him a hypocrite, but it doesn’t. It makes him a man who’s lyrics changed as his life did. As for his voice, he’s always spoken that way. He doesn’t do that wispy, shy voice that MJ did. The way he spoke in Purple Rain is the way he speaks now.

  26. Hautie says:

    When I was a Junior in High School, Purple Rain was released. I can not tell you how bad I wanted to see this movie.

    I had bought the soundtrack cassette, before I ever saw the movie. I still know all those songs to heart. Can sing them word for word. :)

    But… I attended a large well known Baptist High School.

    A school that would have suspended me had they even know about that cassette. Baptist schools were no joke. Or at least where here in Texas.

    So guess who loaded up her truck with 5 of her closest friends, from the Baptist high school.

    And drove two counties away from home. To see “Purple Rain”?

    I was not taking any chances getting caught, coming out of that movie theater.

    But to this day that is one of my favorite memories from High School. Going to see Purple Rain. And it still comes up in conversations, with those girls. About the time we drove 90 minutes to go see that movie.

    Thank you Prince!

    • boo says:

      @Hautie, awesome story! I went to see Purple Rain with a friend from work when it first came out, the place was packed! I loved every single song in that movie, especially the ending when he’s doing the concert and he just brought it so hard!

  27. bettyrose says:

    I think it’s somewhat common for men to turn down the alpha when working with women – not the incorrigible alphas, mind you, but the decent guys who don’t necessarily even realize that they go into competitive overdrive around other men. Of course, women often do that too with other women and soften their tone for men.

  28. Nev says:

    WORD WORD WORD!!!

    I love them both but your right!!!

    sidenote: Prince, Madonna and MJ were all born in the same summer!!! What a blessing from the musical gods!!!

    they all earned the RIGHT to do and be whatever they want to be!!!

    hahaha

  29. Isa says:

    I didn’t read the Madonna post, so I can’t comment on that. However while reading this post I was surprised he wasn’t being called pretentious. But I’m not onboard the Prince is a genius train. Or is it the artist formerly known as prince?

  30. boo says:

    I love Prince, always have. I partied at clubs to “1999″, “Little Red Corvette” and all the others. I saw him in concert once and he turned around on stage and he was wearing pants with the butt cheeks cut out! I saw his little butt cheeks, and they were adorable. He is the man, end of story.

  31. yoyo says:

    You know what I really respect him. Saw him in concert in the early 2000s and the guy played non stop for 3.5 hours! None of this 90 min crap so many bands get away with. He played his hits from the 80s and 90s and got everybody to sing along, gave it his all and threw in some new stuff that was darn funky. One of the best concerts I’ve ever seen. His guitar playing is soooo effortless and musical and just ridiculous. His band was really small to the point I was wondering if he was playing over some kind of background music cause his sound was so “BIG” but focusing on each instrument I could see and hear that it was being played live it’s just that like him the people that work with him are musical geniuses, tech crew included. So yeah he gets all the passes he needs for being weird and anti this and anti that, whatever. At the end of the day his job is to entertain and he is a master at it. If that religion he follows gives him solace good for him, he’s not imposing it on anybody, he doesn’t have any kids. I’ve seen other “legends” from the 70s and 80s in concert in the 2000s and they are phoning it in and don’t respect the audience at all they are just there for the money. (someone has to pay the taxes on those huge properties!) Don’t know if Prince needs money at this stage but I know that he LOVES to perform, to this day.
    Nah, Prince is Da Man. (btw He also invited the whole arena to his after after party starting ‘around 3.30 am’ at a club lol – had work the next day though do couldnt go:) BUt yeah he doesn’t know what time is)

  32. Lisa says:

    I don’t normally find Prince attractive, but whoa, these pictures.

  33. Trashaddict says:

    I really like Prince, too. I really liked the women who’ve been in his band, that was a great thing to see in the age of mostly male rock bands. But these pictures are reminding me not so much of Jimi Hendrix. More of Little Richard: http://taxidermychurch.tumblr.com/post/10278427246/i-never-recommend-a-book-before-i-finish-it-but

  34. Jarredsgirl says:

    What a whack job.

    That is all.

  35. Ravensdaughter says:

    Is this a royal “we”?
    Also, dare I say it (because I think Prince is awesome, too), but does the new look include some tweaking?

  36. Jayna says:

    I love Madonna being provocative on stage at 54. I hate that she is making derivative music and doesn’t care about vocals this last album for the most part and hate her try-hardy things like the grill. Madonna is too cool to lower herself to the grill, etc. But pulling down her pants and flashing her bum during Human Nature I loved at 54. There was a point to what she did, but all she gets called is old and tacky. Her fans loved it.

    I agree. No one says a word about men.
    I will be seeing Depeche Mode in two months so am on a DM roll gearing up for it, listening to albums I hadn’t in a long time. The guy at 51 still takes off his jacket and vest and even still grabs his crotch once or twice during the show and still dances sexy on stage and no one says a word now that he is 51 and says he looks silly, not in reviews. His fans live for it. And straight guys don’t mind. They are DM fans.

    In fact, a woman in an audience interview said all her friends grew up getting laid to Depeche Mode and he laughed and called himself a high-paid stripper. No one called him out on that quote at his age. He’s still doing the same thing this tour, dancing away provocatively undoing his vest. Maybe not shirtless as long as when he was 44, which was half the show, but still does it. And women (of all ages) every tour make clips of Dave in all his states of undress like the LINK below of him from age 44 to a lot of clips in it of Dave at 48, last tour. I have never seen one person say grow up. LOL

    I guess the difference is Dave is so lowkey off stage, different from his stage persona, and Madonna is a lightning rod. But she gets ageist comments that men don’t get.

    Clips at 44 and 48 years of age on stage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SuIEoWcmEY

  37. Novaraen says:

    He reminds me of Zoltan…the fortune telling machine. lol…

  38. gg says:

    I see more Little Richard than Jimi in this look.

  39. poe says:

    Born and raised a Jehovah’s Witness. There is NOTHING devout about this man. JW are ANTI gay, so his dressing like he does… They would not allow it. His being involved with ‘worldly’ things? They would not allow it. The JW are simply using him for his money. JWs are not above that. It’s all about money with them. They truly believe in that exchange Jesus had with the rich man, who said I want to follow you. What should I do? And Jesus told him Get rid of all your riches. At least that’s what was forced down my throat growing up.

    But who knows? When we were kids we called people like him “California Witnesses”. Which meant that they didn’t follow the rules everyone else was forced to follow.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses are a cult. Glad I don’t live that way anymore.

  40. Helvetica says:

    He is so fantastically weird. I love him.

  41. SallyBee says:

    Saw him perform around 1998. And y’all, when I say he was the sexiest little thing i have ever seen, wow. Believe it. The thing i remember the most is him MAKING LOVE to a Baby Grand piano. Damn.