RHCP’s John Frusciante Details His Decision To Make An Electronic Album

Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has no intention of stopping after the two albums he released with the band in 2022, as he recently announced that he would drop an electronic album, which excited his fans. The musician’s twelfth solo effort ‘. I : & : I I .’ will hit the shelves in early 2023. In a statement on Bandcamp, Frusciante reflected on the background of the upcoming record.

“After a year and a half writing and recording rock music, I needed to clear my head,” John wrote about his new project. “I listened to and made music where things generally happen gradually rather than suddenly. I would set up patches on a Monomachine or Analog Four and listen to them, hearing one sound morph into others, making changes to a patch only after having listened for quite a while, gradually adding elements, and finally manipulating the sounds on the fly.”

He continued, “Music being a solitary sculpture in sonic space was the main motivating thought. I was looking at pictures of sculptures and trying to make music that simultaneously conveyed both movement and stillness. I’ve been listening to music like this since I was 13 or so, but I felt that making it was out of my reach because of the amount of restraint I imagined it required.”

“Once I found myself making this music, it did not feel like a matter of restraint at all,” the guitarist said about his decision to make an album with an electronic sound. He lastly noted, “The music seeks to just exist and is not attempting to manipulate or grab the listener in any way. I believe it works well If one listens loud and focuses on it, but also works well at soft volumes and in the background.”

Elsewhere in the statement, Frusciante also explained that recording, writing, and touring with the Red Hot Chili Peppers had played a significant role in making this album. So, rather than solely writing songs and playing guitar, he wanted to go back to programming and to engineer his own music. With its experimental, genre-fusing tunes, John’s solo work separates from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ sound, giving the guitarist space to balance himself musically.