Local fans, musicians react to the death of Prince

Photo Courtesy: AJ Janavel/CBS North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – After music icon Prince died on Thursday, fans and musicians across Raleigh said his legacy will continue on.

“As soon as word got around that Prince passed away, of course the phone started blowing up. We had a couple of CDs but that was about it,” said Daniel Matti.

Matti is a manager at Schoolkids Records in Raleigh. He says, Thursday, the store got 20 calls for Prince music.

The store only had three records on its shelves, and Matti says they went fast. Now the store is playing catch up.

“Try and order as fast as possible,” he said.

Matti says fans across genres connected with Prince. The same goes for musicians.

“Prince knew just about everybody,” said Chip Shearin.

Shearin is a Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame bassist, probably most famously known for his bass playing on the 1979 hit “Rappers Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang.

And apparently prince was a fan of the riff.

“In a hotel lobby, coming by somebody mentioned to him {Prince} who I was all of a sudden he started singing “bump, bump, bump…” and he kept walking and I never saw him again,” said Shearin.

Shearin says Prince would forever be a huge inspiration to him as a musician especially in a time when the focus was on classifying music specifically into genres.

“He could care less; it was all about ‘why do I have to conform? Why does my talent have to conform?” Shearin said.

Shearin says he is curious to see what happens in the months to come to the thousands of unreleased songs Prince had stored away and if musicians will continue to follow in his footsteps.

“It was huge in the sake of how it changed us…especially me,” said Shearin.

Matti says Prince was supposed to release a new album next Friday. He says the store plans to order more copies in anticipation of higher sales.

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