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The world stopped yesterday when news broke that the iconic singer-songwriter Prince had died in his Minneapolis home at 57. Fans around the world continue to mourn his loss and an out pour of love and appreciation for the late musician began to flood social media shortly after the news was made public.
After the release of his 2004 record Musicology, which he recorded right here in Toronto, Prince stopped by the MuchMoreMusic studio to chat with Bill Welychka about how the music business has evolved, his passion for his art and the future of music making.
Throughout the interview, he returns to the theme of how important it is for people, especially children, to learn how to play music.
“If kids don’t learn the craft of song-writing and playing instruments—real instruments—and making real music, then we’re going to lose this art form and it’s just going to be technology based,” he said. “And I don’t know if there’s much heart in that.”
He also spoke about his affinity for Canada, specifically, Toronto, which he called home in a Canadian Press interview he gave over a decade ago.
“I find so much peace here and the relation between people who are supposedly different are actually a lot better than they are in the United States,” he said.
Watch the full interview below and celebrate Prince’s legacy this Sunday, April 24 on Much. We’ll be airing a full day of Prince music, including 40 music videos. Follow along by using #PrinceOnMuch on social media.