Anthony Kiedis Says There Are Zero Rules In Red Hot Chili Peppers
Known for the unique sound they have achieved in almost every album, Red Hot Chili Peppers are experiencing the most creative period of their careers under the leadership of Anthony Kiedis. In a recent conversation with Joe Rogan, Kiedis addressed the band’s well-established creative process that involved each member’s individual contribution.
“Zero rules,” said the RHCP frontman referring to the band’s flexibility in creating new music. “It happens every which way, and it could be anything, like… As the Red Hot Chili Peppers don’t have a ‘this gotta sound like this or this gotta sound like that, it’s gotta be hard; it’s gotta be funky.’ It could be anything. It could be funky; it could be bluesy; it could be jazzy; it could be hip hop; it could be folk. We play anything. Anything that we feel like playing, which is also a blessing because less boxed-in.”
In addition to emphasizing the freedom he adopted in the band’s creative process, Kiedis also mentioned the chemistry he and his bandmates had. Detailing how the RHCP members create a new song from scratch, Anthony said, “Often, John and Flea will stay home and go to the garage or their room or whatever, and they just play until they have something, a titbit, a chord progression, a rhythm, a melody.”
He continued, “Because that’s what they like to do, for hours, just play, and they’ll come to band practice, and they’ll say, ‘What do you think about this?’ ‘I love that, and I think I know what to do with that.’ And it starts there.”
Formed in the early ’80s, Red Hot Chili Peppers have made a name for themselves with their creative lyrical content and song compositions. Over nearly 40 years, they’ve developed as musicians, reflecting this change in their sound. They have produced a wide variety of songs during their career. The lack of a defining sound didn’t turn Red Hot Chili Peppers into a lost band, as it happens in some cases. They instead created an eclectic sound that conveyed many different feelings and themes to listeners.
You can watch a short clip from the interview on Spotify below.