TIR 51: Prince Keyboardist Dr. Fink Tells How They Fueled a Revolution


Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in TIR Episode 51 (two segments), in a special tribute to Prince premiering on the two-year anniversary of his April 21, 2016 death: Keyboardist-composer-producer Matt Fink, who as Dr. Fink spent 12 years from 1979-1991 as a member of Prince’s band the Revolution, and contributed to numerous other projects. Aside from Morris Hayes – who spent 20 years of mostly continuous service with the New Power Generation and who has also been a guest on TRUTH IN RHYTHM – Fink worked closely with Prince longer than any other associate. He logged thousands of rehearsals, recording sessions, concerts, aftershows, film & video shoots, and TV appearances with arguably modern times’ most gifted & accomplished musician. Among the classic albums from that were Dirty Mind, Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day and Parade. Key tracks and hits from those records and B-sides include “Head,” “When You Were Mine,” “Let’s Work,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Delirious,” “DMSR,” “Lady Cab Driver,” “Erotic City,” “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Darling Nikki,” “Paisley Park,” “Raspberry Beret,” “She’s Always in My Hair,” “17 Days,” “Pop Life,” “Kiss,” “Mountains,” “Anotherloverholenyohead,” “Girls and Boys” and many more.

Fink was the only member of the Revolution to stay on after the band was dissolved, and also received credits on Prince’s Sign O the Times, Black and Lovesexy albums, among others. Over his career, he has acquired more than 30 RIAA Diamond, Platinum and Gold record awards, and MTV, Grammy and American Music Awards. Following Prince, he built his own Minneapolis-based facility called StarVu Studios and expanded into numerous projects that included Ultrasound, his 2001 solo album. Fink continues to be very active today, and beginning after Prince’s tragic 2016 death he reunited with fellow Revolution members to perform tribute concerts dedicated to their fallen former leader.

Here, Fink talks about working with one of the most creative forces music has ever known, the chemistry, personalities and talent of the Revolution, some of the amazing albums and songs of that period, unforgettable memories and highlights, dealing with the loss of Prince and carrying the legacy forward, and more.

Recorded March 2018