Chris Moon secured his place in Prince’s royal court as co-writer of the suggestive single “Soft and Wet,” featured on the artist’s 1978 debut For You. Having cut a set of keys for the 17-year-old wunderkind upon their first meeting in 1976, Moon would be at ground zero for the prodigious teen’s early immersion into studio tricknology. In actuality, Moon had been incubating black talent in the Twin Cities since the early ’70s, requiring only that pioneering clients provide their own tape for watershed recording sessions. Increasing his meager fees in 5 dollar increments through the ’70s, his migratory studio remained a welcoming place for artists of color who wanted to make R&B music.
Pictured above, 5708 Stevens Ave South was Moon and Moonsound’s home in 1974, where studio rates were $15 an hour.
As it correlates to Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, 2828 Dupont was a far more relevant manifestation of Moon’s namesake launching pad. Located next to an automotive impound, this single-story structure hosted soon-to-be legendary recording sessions by Alexander O’Neal, Rockie Robbins, and Aura, many of which are featured on our approaching compilation. The Dupont location even provided the Lewis Connection with a backdrop for this Chris Moon-captured photo, which graced the back of their self-titled LP. More stories about Moonsound’s staff cosmonauts will be revealed this November, when Purple Snow blankets record shelves worldwide.
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