Ex-Chilli Peppers guitarist announces further experimental electronic music for Record Store Day
Former Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has announced a new solo EP of electronic music, it has been recently announced.
The guitarist is known for his experimental forays into electronic music, following on from 2014’s EP for Acid Test under his Trickfinger moniker. On new EP ‘Foregrow’, he directs his gaze towards dance-floor orientated material, with a distinctively acid-house and footwork feel.
It’s inspired by “elements of John Carpenter’s eternal scores, the drum programming DNA of jungle and footwork, and yes, a Roland TB-303,” a label press release noted. The special EP is due for release on April 16 to coincide for Record Store Day under his given name. No snippets of the record have yet been released.
“Acid stuff was a start for me to learn to start thinking in numbers rather than physical movement. Numbers were already a big way I thought in terms of the guitar, but yeah, using numbers for rhythm was a different way of thinking for me” said Frusciante in an interview with Resident Advisor in 2014.
“The acid stuff was the beginning of me learning to think in a completely different way, but it was about three years after that that I was able to do the really fast breakbeats with the Black Sabbath-y stuff. It seems like it was a good two years before I even got started using samples, really. I felt like I needed a few years of training under my belt understanding step programming before I was going to jump into chopping up breakbeats” he told them ater explaining his move from his old band to more machine driven music.
The guitarist also published a letter explaining why he decided to share his music this way. “Giving people music for free online being so common these days is a good reminder that artistic expression is always a matter of giving, not taking, or selling,” he writes. “Selling is the making money part, and artistic expression, creation, is the giving part. They are distinct from one another, and it is my conviction that music should always be made because one loves music, regardless of whether one plans on selling it or not.”
Offering his music for free follows Frusciante’s claims earlier that year that he had stopped making music for other people and was instead recording with “no intention of releasing” the end product.
‘Foregrow’ EP tracklisting
B1 ‘Lowth Forgue’
‘Foregrow’ is released on April 16 through Acid Test Recordings