Aspiring musicians reflect on Prince's legacy

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Prince's music has spanned several generations, and even young aspiring musicians are influenced by his legacy. (KABC)

Prince's music has spanned several generations, and even young aspiring musicians are influenced by his legacy.

A concert was held at the Wiltern Thursday night, put on by the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation to give young artists an opportunity to get feedback from the industry. The passing of Prince was on the minds of many.

Many of the artists were born after 1999, but they knew his music from the adults in their lives, who grew up listening to Prince in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Tai Jones, an aspiring 16-year-old rapper, saw Prince in concert for the first time last summer.

"For him to be at his age and still moving and operating like he's a teenager was amazing. It gave me so much motivation and energy to do exactly what he was doing," Jones said.

From millennials to baby boomers, Prince had generations of fans.

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"There was nothing he couldn't do," said music manager Larry Butler. He was the former Vice President of Artist Relations at Warner Brothers, working with young artists on tour with Prince.

"He would nurture them, and he would record them, and he would encourage them, and he would chastise them, and he would make them better," Butler said.


Around Los Angeles, Prince was remembered - a bouquet of flowers outside Guitar Center, on the marquees at the Whiskey A Go Go and the Wiltern and through the speakers at Sam Ash Music.

"He could play every instrument, and not only did he play every instrument, he did it really well," said Chris Vincent with Sam Ash Music.

To up and coming musicians, Prince was the ultimate artist - a singer-songwriter, musician, producer and actor who remained relevant and innovative throughout his career.

"He was still creating. It was all happening. It's just a real loss to the industry and to anyone who loves music," Butler said.
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