"I had to audition on every instrument for the record company before they signed me, because they didn’t believe it was all me."Through the many years of his recording career, Prince has always played most, if not all of the instruments on his album—and that includes drums. And if there was a guest drummer, Prince would be right there showing or directing what was to be played.
"I would play on cardboard boxes. I’d use the flaps for dexterity and different sounds. I wouldn’t play drums in front of anyone until I felt I was good enough. In school, everyone always wanted to play the drums. As soon as the drum chair was empty, someone would get behind the kit and play. Where I come from, if your beat was whack, you’d be made fun of."Prince has never patterned himself after anyone. But he names Morris Day [of The Time] as his biggest influence.
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