Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Jellybean Johnson, 'Prince knew we had something special here in Minneapolis'

Morris Day, Jellybean Johnson and Jerome Benton of The Time

While making the documentary series 'Prince: The Story of 1999,' Andrea Swensson spoke to drummer and guitarist Jellybean Johnson, a legend of the Minneapolis Sound and a founding member of The Time. Andrea spoke to Johnson about what it was like coming up in music with Prince, and how Prince helped shape the sound and the look of The Time, the Revolution and more.

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Bobby Z, 'Prince went from a caterpillar to a butterfly in that one purple trench coat'

Bobby Z

Bobby Rivkin - better known as Bobby Z - first met Prince in the mid-1970s and went on to become drummer for the Revolution. While making 'Prince: The Story of 1999,' Andrea Swensson spoke to Bobby Z about his many memories working with Prince, including Bobby's theory about Prince's famous purple trench coat. Listen to Andrea's full conversation with Bobby Z.

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Lisa Coleman, 'Prince and I just connected musically'

Wendy Melvoin, Prince and Lisa Coleman

As part of the making of Prince: The Story of 1999, Andrea Swensson got the chance to speak to Prince's longtime collaborator and keyboard player, Lisa Coleman. Lisa joined Prince's band in the early 1980s and became a member of the Revolution. 'Hang around Prince, and stuff was going to happen,' Coleman recalls. Listen to Andrea's full conversation with Lisa Coleman.

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Dez Dickerson: 'Put an explosion over it'

Dez Dickerson points at the audience at First Avenue

Prince's first guitarist, Dez Dickerson, talks with The Current's Andrea Swensson, taking us back to the early days, into the recording studio, and from the smallest clubs to the biggest stages. 'From the very beginning,' Dickerson says, 'Prince had a clear idea of what he wanted, how he wanted it, how he wanted us to coalesce as a band, what he wanted to say, and what message that would send.'

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: The sound of Prince and Peggy McCreary

Peggy McCreary was Prince's engineer in the early 1980s

Author Duane Tudahl has said, 'The sound of '1999' is the sound of Prince and Peggy McCreary.' An audio engineer at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, McCreary worked extensively with Prince not only on '1999,' but also on 'Purple Rain' and 'Parade,' plus some of Prince's other projects with the Time and Vanity 6. Andrea Swensson connected with McCreary for a fascinating conversation.

(Sandy) Alex G: 'I don't feel like a brand yet, I still feel like a person'

(Sandy) Alex G

On 'House of Sugar,' the lo-fi pop musician's third full-length release on Domino, his often warped voice swarms and lingers over warm walls of stringed instruments and looped synths. The album's themes are murky: memory runs backwards, sugar is spooned, and answers are buried with sand.

'Sound the Bells': where Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra meet

A woman with short dark hair wearing a green shirt in front of a blue wall

The live hip-hop album features a selection of Dessa's hip hop work with a group of vocalists and the full Minnesota Orchestra behind her. This years-long collaboration and cross-genre learning results in 'Sound the Bells' and some interesting marketing challenges.