Aussie musician Tal Wilkenfeld reveals what it REALLY was like working with music icon Prince on his ‘secret’ album Welcome 2 America when she was just 22
Tal Wilkenfeld shared how she worked with Prince on his secret album, which has only just been released.
The hugely talented Australian singer and bassist recorded Welcome 2 America with the music icon in 2010 before they planned to go on tour, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Tal, who was 22 at the time, had been in high demand since moving from Sydney to Los Angeles aged 16, working with Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck.
Music gun: Talented Australian bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, 34, (pictured), has revealed what it was like to work with music icon Prince on his latest album Welcome 2 America
The now 34-year-old artist recalled when Prince first discovered her in 2008 from videos on YouTube.
‘The first time he called me was in 2008 and his first question was, ‘Do you like Johnette’s Jack drum rolls?’ And we became friends quickly, he spent a lot of time in LA and I went to his house a lot that year,” she says.
Tal admits that Prince would call her out of the blue and take her on a trip in his limo where he would play a “range of music and ask her for her analysis of the bass parts and how she would play them”.
Discovery: Tal recalls Prince first discovering her in 2008 on YouTube and she became a “quick friend.” Prince is photographed
In 2009, the duo played music together in a studio in Los Angeles for three consecutive days.
In March 2010, she traveled with Prince to Paisley Park and began improvising and playing chords on the pop star’s instructions.
“I made it all up; he gave me no guidance on what to play beyond a chord here or there. It was just doing your thing,” Tal explained.
“I never heard the lyrics, I never knew what the songs were about, I never heard the melody. It was like we had to be psychic when we played,” she said. declared.
‘It was just to do your thing’: In March 2010, she traveled with Prince to Paisley Park and started improvising and playing chords on the pop star’s instructions
The result of this work resulted in Welcome 2 America – Prince’s final album and his first posthumous release with previously unreleased music.
It is unknown why the album sat on the shelves for 11 years. At the time, Prince had recently released an album and was going on a two-year “Welcome 2 America” tour.
Tal was asked to go on this tour, but she had to decline because she had booked gigs with Beck and Herbie Hancock. It was the last time she saw the living music icon.
Welcome 2 America will be available from July 30.
Icon: The result of this work resulted in Welcome 2 America – Prince’s final album and his first posthumous release with unreleased music