Anthony Kiedis Talks About New Red Hot Chili Peppers Album

January 21, 2016

Even though they're busy working hard on one of the most highly-anticipated new rock albums of 2016, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers sat down with Citizens Of Humanity to discuss life, battling addiction and the creative process behind this new album.

When asked why the sound and style of the Chili Peppers seems to embody all things Los Angeles, Kiedis reveals that he is, in fact, not a native to the city. "I was born in the state of Michigan and actually selected L.A. as my city of choice at 11 years old," he said. "I was enchanted. Los Angeles put a spell on me as a kid with its energy, and I think it does that to people. There's something about the desert, the electricity, the palm trees - just the promise that anything is possible."

Anthony Kiedis has been open about his ongoing battle with addiction, under the presumption that it is hereditary, since his father struggled as well. But even with that, he has full confidence that his son, Everly, won't suffer the same fate. "It crosses my mind from time to time, but it's not one of those weird lingering worries that I have," Kiedis says. "Every not and then I see a kid struggling with addiction, and I know their parents had struggled with addiction, and that will be interesting to see where Every goes with that."

Kiedis says that he doesn't believe that it's always a guarantee that children will inherit those genes from their parents. In his case, he believes that there's a 50/50 chance that he'll have to deal with addiction at some point. "I think he'll grow up in a world where he's not surrounded by addictive behavior, or addictively inspired dysfunctional behavior, so hopefully he has kind of a strong emotional basis to begin with, a solid family and emotional foundation to fall back on. If it happens, it would be difficult but like many bridges, I'll cross that one when I get to it."

The last studio album the Chili Peppers recorded was their 2011 effort, I'm With You. Now that they are hard at work in the studio, recording and writing new music, Kiedis talks about how his creative process has changed over the years. "There's the part where you're just in the car and you get an idea, and you have to pull over and work on the idea because that idea might never come again," he says. "You're on an airplane, or a train, whatever - whenever you feel that little tiny cloud moving through you that has some energy and some ideas. One thing I learned is to seize that, because you can say: 'Oh, I'll remember that!'"

He says he owes that part of the process to his smartphone: "That part has changed, being able to record everything on your cell phone is different that it was 25 years ago, when you had to have a funky little tape recorder with you wherever you went."

Kiedis says that the key part to his writing process is just simply by doing it every single day. "It's like a painter that forces himself to paint every day, just hoping that could be the day it happens. I believe to be good you have to work hard. It's the same with Flea; he practices constantly. He's been playing bass his whole life, but he's no good unless he practices every day."

(source: Citizens of Humanity)