Ex-RHCP Guitarist John Frusciante Takes on Acid House as Trickfinger
After leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers back in 2009 John Frusciante began exploring a number of different musical genres and sought to expand his freedom of expression. As a solo artist he released 11 studio albums and produced with a diverse range of artists from the likes of Wu-Tang Clan and The Mars Volta to Ziggy Marley and George Clinton. Now in 2015, he will embark on a new artistic venture into the world of electronic music as his alias Trickfinger.
With the first single from his forthcoming self-titled album, Trickfinger shares ‘After Below,’ a deep and hypnotic acid house track with a steady bassline, rolling synths and melodic rhythms. Taking his new sound deeper, Frusciante has really presented us with a quality production, and we can’t wait to hear more of his new project.
In a letter that will be included with the album, due to be released April 7th, Frusciante outlines his musical progression that brought him to where he is today.
"I started being serious about following my dream to make electronic music, and to be my own engineer, five years ago. For the 10 years prior to that, I had been playing guitar along with a wide range of different types of programmed synthesizer and sample-based music, emulating what I heard as best as I could. I found that the languages machines forced programmers to think in had caused them to discover a new musical vocabulary...
In 2007, I started to learn how to program all the instruments we associate with acid house music and some other hardware. For about seven months I didn’t record anything. Then I started recording, playing 10 or so synced machines through a small mixer into a CD burner. This was all experimental acid house, my skills at making rock music playing no part in it whatsoever. I had lost interest in traditional songwriting and I was excited about finding new methods for creating music. I’d surround myself with machines, program one and then another and enjoy what was a fascinating process from beginning to end…"