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Stuart Derdeyn

Q. When you first changed your name you refused to perform songs recorded as Prince. Now you’re again performing some. Why the reversal?

A. First of all, I’ve never gone by TAFKAP, The Artist or any of these monikers. These were names invented by men who refused to acknowledge the choice I’ve made. A computer font of my name is available for those who wish to respect my choice. As far as the music is concerned, I am no longer employed by Time Warner so I don’t have to be on “strike” so to speak. They are still my songs.

Q. Are you stung by the criticism that some feel you are, basically, not of this Earth?

A. The sooner the human race awakens to its true identity the better. Nothing stings. I am thick-skinned.

Q. Where do you see contemporary music heading? Who inspires you to continue creating?

A. I hope the business is heading towards emancipation for its contracted performers. Then the music will change toward the truth. Singers will stop fronting. God is my main inspiration.

Q. Has marriage changed you and how will this be reflected in your music?

A. My personality hasn’t changed much at all. My idea of love has grown immensely. I can only hope that affects my work as well.

Q. In retrospect, are you happy with the way you’ve conducted your career following the heady success of Purple Rain?

A. I am a musician, not a manager. The music is what I am in control of. Go to your stereo and put on the song Let It Go. It’s one of the coolest songs I’ve written, but the album was not a “chart topper.” Had I not been in Pop Exile I would not be where I am today—healthy, wealthy and wise.

Q. How has your songwriting process evolved?

A. Radio, video and media dictate what is a “hit.” I still, and always have, written the same. Only now there may possibly be a bit more truth to my work. As the soul grows, so does the message.