John Frusciante seems to have played in every genre imaginable with his solo career, his time as the guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Mars Voltac and various collaborations with Black Knights and Duran Duran. However, now Frusciante wants to tackle the world of electronic music.
He will release a self-titled album under Ticklefinger, his acid house pseudonym, on April 7th on Acid Test. The eight track album is a continuous work since he explained that he was serious about electronic music since 2009. Frusciante explained that when he began to record, the music was “all experimental acid house,” and his “skills at making rock music” did not fit well into Trickfinger at all.
Frusciante has released the album’s opener, “After Below” in anticipation. Listen to it here.
Read his complete message about the album and his love for acid house below.
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.
01. After Below
02. Before Above