How the Red Hot Chili Peppers' guitarist learned to think like an electronic musician.
The last time we checked in with John Frusciante, he was living a quiet life immersed in machines in his Los Angeles home, making electronic music that relied on a hard-earned dexterity and the sense of melody that has been a constant through his career. Five years later, he's in a completely different place. His latest record, Maya, is full of blistering, '90s-style jungle tracks that were made on a pared-down setup with DJs in mind. He has also rejoined the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the second time and launched a label, Evar Records, with his partner Aura T-09, envisioned as an outlet for electronic artists who defy expectations.
Though he's performed for millions of people over the years, Frusciante's musical pursuits have long been driven by solitary, tireless practice, a regimen he follows for both rock and electronic music. Lately, though, Frusciante has felt more comfortable, even gratified, by the impact his music has made on others. Earlier this month, RA's Matt McDermott sat down with Frusciante to speak about Maya, his love of jungle, thinking like an electronic musician and why he rejoined the Red Hot Chili Peppers.