Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea: ‘Frank Ocean’s music affected me profoundly’

Bassist says Ocean's 'Channel Orange' album 'really connected with me and lifted my spirit'

Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Flea has revealed that he was “profoundly” affected by ‘Channel Orange’, the landmark 2012 album by Frank Ocean.

Asked about the hype surrounding Ocean’s follow-up effort, this month’s semi-surprise release ‘Blonde’, Flea told NME backstage at Reading Festival over the weekend: “I mean, I can’t speak about the how world relates to his his music or hype or promotion or things like that.”

“But for me, that last record, the ‘Channel Orange’ record, was just a record that affected me profoundly,” he continued. “I had a real emotional connection to it, I listened to it a million times, and it just really connected with me and lifted my spirit. His voice just goes right through me. So I was excited for the new record because I’m a fan.”


“I can’t speak for how the rest of the world relates to him – it’s a personal thing for me,” he concluded.

During his chat with NME, Flea also responded to Red Hot Chili Peppers being dissed in spectacular fashion by Fox News recently, as well as sharing his thoughts on what makes James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke such a runaway success. Watch him talking about his connection with Frank Ocean’s music below.