Q: Kids. It’s all just giving back to the kids because it’s different from when you were growing up and I was growing up, having kids, wives and stuff… My father always told me, don’t do this, don’t do that, don’t do drugs, but I did. How do you relate to your kids growing up? What do you tell them what to do, what not to do?
AK: Well, I think it’s what I do and what I don’t do. Kids are great observers, energetically, literally, I mean they see and hear and feel everything. So, live your life in an honest way, obviously everybody makes the mistakes that’s how they learn, being honest, it’s like on the table, I will love my son no matter what, obviously I don’t want him to do too much damage to himself, I’m hoping he turns out to be an absolutely geeky poindexter, it would be my dream come true, if he wanted to be a little hardworking metaphysical scientist or something, I would be ecstatic, but also I’ll support him and love him through whatever he discovers, and gosh, I hope he’s nothing like I was. As a parent, you don’t want your son to have to go through the mill quite as hard, cause not everybody walks away from that mill and yeah, I hope he takes a different path in his lessons, not quite so difficult. But that’s cause I’m the dad and I love him, I don’t want to see the little guy suffer. I want to see him get it in a different way than I got it. He’s a little brighter, he’s a little more realized, I think he’ll be all right.
Q: What his name?
CS: All my kids they are all very different, and I love them to pieces. I want to be the good father for them the best that I can. I’m not perfect, I’m far from it, but I want them to go, dad’s a good dad.
Q: Let’s talk abou John Frusciante… fuck it, he left.. I know everybody has got their reason, but do you know why did he leave?
Flea: You’re really going to have to ask him that question, but the thing that I do have to say about that is just that he’s doing what he wants to do and I just love him and he gave us so much and we are grateful for it and he’s obviously a huge part of who we are, always.
AK: Well you are absolutely right, only he really knows why he had to leave, but it seems like he wanted to do his own thing. It’s difficult being in a band sometimes, you have to be very giving and accepting and willing to be in a democratic process, and that’s not always fun or easy, especially when you’ve done it for a long time. So he wanted to be his own team which is cool, and like I said it created an immense opportunity for us to be here talking to you.
CS: John Frusciante was a very, very important person in our lives, he still is, we love him, he’s an unbelievable musician and an incredible guitar player, singer, songwriter, some of the music that he helps create with us, is some of the best music that we ever made, I’ll be forever indebted in playing in a band with someone like him, he’s probably the best rock guitar player alive, he’s incredible but it was time for a change and he wanted to make the change and with our blessing, we said ‘John go on and do your thing’ and one door closes another one opens. Josh, he’s incredible and he’s completely different than John, and he’s his own man, he’s a true artist, and we are just beginning with him but we had a wonderful experience writing songs and recording songs and hanging out, and we got this really great, new cool thing happening and I really look forward to now going out and playing all these songs with him and rocking out with him on stage and smiling and looking happy and having fun on stage again was, that kind of thing is really fun. I really look forward to it.
Q: Josh, how did you meet the RHCP?
JK: I met Flea and John on the same day, this was back in January of ’97, when they played a show with Thelonius Monster in Hollywood and I went along with Bob Forrest, the singer, and his girlfriend, that’s when we met.
Q: The music industry has changed so much, when I was growing up, I used to go get a an album, now people can download one song, two songs. Is there something that affects the way you listen to a record?
Flea: I mean what’s changed is like in the 50s now, it’s a singles driven music industry, because people aren’t buying whole albums like in the 50s, you were just getting singles, it was like having a number one single, and people are going for that, that big number one single. For us, we are just trying to make a body of music that fits together and that flows together well, but I like a more album oriented, I prefer that better, because people can absorb a whole body of work and it’s beautiful. But at the same time, the fact that it’s going to do this is just going to cause another revolution of something new and exciting to come up, and that’s what we need.
Q: Have you ever been to Italy or do you have any Italian lifestyle that you incorporate in your everyday life?
JK: Yeah, I’m going to have to think about that, but I know I do. I spend a lot of time in Italy, a friend of mine named Rob Ellis, started working at a little studio in Senigallia, a recording studio, and I became friends with the italian bands Marlene Kuntz and AfterHours, so I know both of those bands.
Flea: I’ve been to Italy a number of times, my favorite place is Verona, we were in Verona, I really liked walking around there and in Florence, just tripping around down little mysterious streets and not know where, I was just kind of getting lost and walking around, but I can’t think of specific Italian cultural things that I incorporated, I don’t know. I just love Italy. When I’m there I love the feeling, I always feel a lot of passion, romance and emotion, man I love it. I just like that feeling.
Q: When you were growing up with The Germs, Black Flag, the punk scene, you could smell the danger, the danger meaning the new discovery of a form of art, a new form of expression. Do you find that there is such a thing right now? Or is it just dollars and cents and no one gives a fuck anymore?
AK: I wish that we had been influenced by The Germs. We weren’t quite smart enough to have been influenced by The Germs, I mean, we were in proximity to them, but they came a little before us and we didn’t really catch them on the initial wave. We kind of caught them a little bit later, but we did kind of grow out of a similar scene, and it was a very lively time, it’s a little bit more different now, that we don’t live on the streets, to be as connected to the streets, listening to exciting new music, but it’s still very alive in this town, and Josh is somebody actually who is very exciting to watch as a musician over the last ten years, all of the different projects that he did, and I kind of had a fun time last year with this band, Crystal Castles, I got a lot out of LCD Soundsystem, while I was on our little break, as well as Justice, from France, and had my mind blown by The Black Keys when I went to see them live, so I don’t know, music is alive and well, I don’t think that we are ever trying to be overly influenced by a contemporary, it’s fun, but when we get into a room together, it’s not necessary for us to be that connected to what’s happening around us, we want to bring our own fresh music to life, without necessarily being hyper-conscious of what the trends.
CS: I agree with Anthony, I wasn’t here in the early 80s when the punk rock scene was exploding but I know hearing from Flea and Anthony and people that were around that time that it was a really, something new, something really exciting was happening. And I don’t know if something is really, there might be something in there, some electronic music, or something that’s really like that music that’s pissing off your parents, or that’s really something that’s like, really explosive and really new, I don’t know about it. But I think it will come along and I think it will happen again and if it needs to happen it will. But as Anthony said, we are not concerned with like the trends or anything like that, we just do what we do and we live our lives, we have our experiences and we come together and we play whatever feels, it’s never planned out, it’s very honest what we do.
Flea: I think there’s different types of danger like the punk scene that was, at that time. Punk was still such a new kind of music and it wasn’t as regimented as it’s become, and really, just the word was an umbrella for anyone playing like youth culture music that was new and exciting and not corporate and it didn’t give a shit about commerce. And it was all kinds of things, from like ethnic music, noise music to well crafted pop songs all shit done in crazy ways, and there’s an early scene, that LA hardcore scene of course that had the element of violence, which was kind of art and action coming together, which was kind of scary you know, but also really fun. But I think now like for me anyways, like what I want to see and the element of danger that kind of interested me, I mean it all interested me, but I agree, I want unpredictability and danger in rock music, otherwise it’s really kind of boring, but I think just artistically, like someone willing to fall on their face like trying something that might not work, and in our case, it’s been like more willing to stretch out and improvise and do things that could suck, and if we can’t take that risk and make ourselves vulnerable like that, which I think is just paint by the numbers and boring.
JK: There’s a band in Los Angeles right now called KillSonic, that performed here that stuck to performances and another room and barge into the space that they are performing and there’s only accordions, brass and drums in this band, and there’s 27 of them, and that’s a dangerous band and they are fantastic and I love them. I like every time I see them it’s a different space, it’s a venue, it’s on the street.
Q: What are you singing under the shower, if you do sing under the shower? (laughs)
Flea: I sing under the shower, but lately, I like Fats Waller… but I’ve got to fucking pee, man…
JK: I don’t know, (Laughs) so much, I can’t say.
Q: Say something in Italian.
AK: Let me hear your Italian bro.
CS: All I know is, Fettuccine Bolognese…. Pizza.!!!!
AK: I’m actually fluent in Italian but I don’t like to speak it on camera. I’m self conscious. (laughter). Ciao Bella. We love Italy.