John Frusciante is heavily influenced by 80s British music – Music News

John Frusciante is heavily influenced by 80s British music.

The Red Hot Chilli Peppers star ‘has a lot of memories’ of listening to The Human League when he and his band – which also currently includes Anthony Kiedis, Flea and Chad Smith – were working on their 2002 LP, ‘By The Way’ .

The 52-year-old guitarist told MixMag, “I have a lot of memories associated with [The Human League], especially as we were writing “By The Way”. I was blasting “Reproduction” during and after rehearsals every day. I particularly like the first two albums and their first singles. And you have stuff like this all-instrumental “Dignity Of Labour” EP, the basis of a lot of ambient music. These guys were just going into the unknown!

John also called himself a “big fan of” new wave Depeche Mode – which had original composition by Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher and Vince Clarke – and recalled buying all the hitmakers from ” Just Can’t Get Enough”. ‘ records on vinyl.

He said: “I’m a huge Depeche Mode fan, when the Red Hot Chili Peppers started writing ‘Californication’ in 1998 I was 28 and had just started my life over. When I came back to the world I was a different person and Depeche Mode became my favorite band. I bought all 12 inches of these from a place near me called Vinyl Fetish which stocked a lot of UK imports. ‘Master And Servant’ is one of the weirdest.

John has called being the band – which he joined in 2019 before releasing and touring the 2022 album ‘Unlimited Love – the only ‘real job’ he’s ever had in music despite performing as a solo artist Trickfinger, where he makes “electronic music”.

He said: “I don’t make a lot of money from my electronic music. I probably spend more on equipment than I’ve ever done, but I only did electronic music for about 12 years before I join the group. [in 2019]. It’s definitely a full time job being in the Chili Peppers. Really, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are the only real “job” I’ve ever had in music.

The rocker – whose band are set to release their second album this year ‘Return of the Dream Canteen’ – also gushed about his love for Kraftwerk.

John said, “But synth-pop: for me, it really starts with Kraftwerk. It’s a different sense of melody than regular pop music – it’s more mechanical in a way.”

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