Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis: ‘I’m the idiot of the band’

Frontman shares his thoughts on how the band achieve their unique sound

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis has shared his thoughts on how the California band have achieved their unique sound.

“We didn’t think about it, but we never wanted to sound like anybody else,” Kiedis told Chris Evans on the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show this morning (July 17).

“We grew up in high school together and we all brought something different to the table,” Kiedis continued. “My guys [bandmates] studied music since they were young boys, and I did not, so I think sort of adding the idiot to the equation of very talented musicians gave us a unique rub.”

“They started off young wanting to study and I didn’t want to get into that, but we found that if you added this person to that mix you got us,” he explained.

During the interview, Kiedis also spoke about the band’s enduring musical connection. “I saw some old footage of us when we were in France that they dredged out of God knows where, and I was like, ‘Ah, the energy’s still there!’ The collective love for music and poetry and the brotherhood of sound, it’s still kind of flowing through,” he said.

Red Hot Chili Peppers release their new album ‘The Getaway’ today (June 17). Read the NME review here.