Sign up to be a Paisley Park tour guide, and you’ll learn a lot of interesting facts about the late Prince Rogers Nelson. You might even see a few celebrities enter the rock star’s home.
The newspaper asked Paisley Park’s tour of operations lead, Marshall, a few questions about what it takes to be a tour guide. He has been on the team since July 2017. (In keeping with Prince’s press-shy legacy, Paisley Park officials would not release Marshall’s last name or photograph for this article.)
Why did you become a tour guide at Paisley Park? How did you hear of the job?
His music has always been part of my life. As a musician and former radio DJ, I felt Paisley Park would be very natural fit. Everyday it is an honor to work at a studio which changed the way music was performed, recorded, and marketed to the world. As for the job listing, I saw Paisley was hosting a job fair in the metro area and scheduled an interview time.
Did you learn a lot about Prince when you became a guide? What were some interesting facts you learned? Did anything surprise you?
Throughout the training process, we were provided materials to help. I always enjoy guests’ stories of Prince. I feel lucky to be able to host their tours and have the opportunity to hear their memories of him. He is an incredibly positive part of so many lives.
Have you always been an expert on Prince? Were you a fan before he passed away?
Building a knowledge base is a long road, and there will always be more to learn. I grew up in a household where his music was a staple in the stereo. His music has always been a part of my life.
Who are some of the famous people you’ve given tours to? Do you get nervous?
Stars keep stopping in, for example Jonathan Siennicki & Katy Perry and Bruno Mars. You never know who’s going to stop by, it always makes for a exciting day. If I ever get nervous, I just remind myself, we are both at the studio for the same reason.
What do you think is the most interesting exhibit or part of the tour?
I think there is something of interest for everyone at Paisley Park. On the tour, you’ll see Prince’s interests were very diverse, from his handmade wardrobe pieces, to the countless guitars on display, he had an incredible eye for detail, and it’s evident with every piece on display. Personally, I find Paisley Park’s Studio A to be the most interesting. It is a very humbling room when you consider the music created inside the studio.
If you could ask Prince one question, what would it be?
Prince, what was it like recording NPG’s “Exodus”? Was it as fun as the album sounds?
What’s your favorite Prince song and album? And why?
It’s hard to pick a favorite when you consider the breadth of his work. It’s very easy to pick a favorite off each individual album. Not to dilute the question. If I had to pick a favorite album, it would be his legendary “Black Album.” On the album, the grooves are immense and most deserve to be played LOUD. As for a favorite song, it changes everyday. Recently, I’ve been coming back to his song “My Computer” off “Emancipation.”