Damico, along with many Triangle residents are remembering Prince and how his music influenced their lives.
Prince was found dead Thursday afternoon in his home in suburban Minneapolis. He was 57.
“The joy comes in knowing the legacy that was left,” Damico said.
Damico said Prince’s legacy is not just about the music, but the way he commanded a stage and his style. The 22-year-old said he followed Prince’s lead, attempting to learn own his craft, while also learning multiple instruments like his musical idol.
North Carolina Central professor Brett Chambers—a musician in his own right—says Prince paved the way for many artists to own their works and was one of the first musicians to stream an album on his own website.
Damico has a lot of music to make, but said he’ll continue using the musical blueprint Prince leaves behind.
“He’s had such longevity of his career, doing it that way,” Damico said. “The fact that it can be done, that’s very prolific and it’s inspiring to me.”