Doctor Fink

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Doctor Fink
Birth nameMatthew Robert Fink
Born (1957-02-08) February 8, 1957 (age 62)
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota, USA
GenresFunk, R&B, alternative dance, pop
Occupation(s)Keyboardist, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsSynthesizer, keyboard, piano, sampler, vocals, vocoder
Years active1978–present
LabelsWarner Bros., Paisley Park Records, Sony
Associated actsPrince, The Revolution, New Power Generation, Madhouse, Lipps Inc., The Time, Vanity 6

Matthew Robert Fink, better known by the stage name Doctor Fink, is an American keyboardist, record producer, and songwriter. He is best known as a member of The Revolution, the backing band for pop musician Prince.[1] Fink won a Grammy Award in 1985 for the album Purple Rain. The recording has sold over 18 million copies since its release.

Life and career[edit]

Fink was a member of Prince's band from 1979. In the live performances around that time before the Dirty Mind album, Matt wore a costume of a jailbird. Fink was asked to change his attire after a conflict on tour with Rick James, who performed a song “Bustin Out” in similar jailbird clothing. After that, Fink usually appeared for performance dressed in surgical scrubs and mask. He continued working with Prince until 1991 as an early member of the New Power Generation (though the band was not officially named until after Fink's departure). Fink was also a member of the jazz-fusion band Madhouse.

Notable work with Prince includes co-writing credits on the songs "Dirty Mind", "Computer Blue", "17 Days", "America" and "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night," as well as performing credits on the albums Dirty Mind, Controversy, Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Parade, Sign "O" the Times, The Black Album and Lovesexy, amongst others.

Fink's performances have also appeared on releases for Lipps Inc., The Time, Vanity 6, and many more.[2]

Following his work with Prince, Fink built his own studio facility StarVu in Minneapolis and started working on many different things, from video game soundtracks to working with K-tel. Doctor Fink also released his own Sony Acid Loop Library entitled Dr. Fink's Funk Factory.

He released an album in 2001 called Ultrasound.

In June 2007, Doctor Fink signed an exclusive management deal for the European market with German-based management and production-company Mozart & Friends.

In a 2008 interview with Minneapolis' "Real Rube Radio", Fink implied he may have a new solo album somewhere in the near future. In the same interview, he mentions Prince possibly releasing the unreleased Revolution album, Roadhouse Garden. Also, when asked about a reunion with the Revolution, he said "...if he's [Prince] ready and willing, then so am I."

As of 2016, Fink is part of a Prince tribute band, the Purple Xperience, based in Minneapolis. He is now performing with reformed The Revolution. [3]


  1. ^ Harris, Craig. "Dr. Fink". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  2. ^ Mozart & Friends - Producers & Writers - Doctor Fink
  3. ^ Graff, Gary (May 24, 2016). "Prince's Revolution Keyboardist Doctor Fink Weighs In on Madonna's Billboard Music Awards Tribute". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2016.

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