John Frusciante is a legend, plain and simple. The ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, who played with the legendary rock group from 1988-1992 and 1998-2009, has one of the most reputable careers. From his start with the burgeoning band to his brush with addiction, solo career, and collaborations with the Mars Volta, he evolved into the modern age of music.
Now, it’s a pretty common fact that EDM is one of most booming music trends around right now. Many notable celebrities and artists from different genres are sticking their toes in the raver pond. Some of these artists include basketball player and actor Shaquille O’Neill, debuting his DJ Diesel moniker at TomorrowWorld 2016, and even Skrillex, who originally started in a mid-2000s post-hardcore band From First To Last.
John’s transition to electronic music is no exception. His project, Trickfinger, is a combination of acid house and techno that will soothe even the most jaded heads.
“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 synthesizers 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” said Frusciante in a 2015 interview prior to the release of his first LP Trickfinger.
Chad Barnes of Exclaim.ca, discusses the intricacies of Frusciante’s emerging project, while keeping true to his roots:
“Trickfinger is an acid house album, but it’s not a frivolous kitschy exploration by a dilettante; rather, it’s the product of an artist’s ambition to create electronic music in a genuine, invested way.”
John Frusciante’s 2017 outing is not more of the same, but rather releasing tracks he previously created. Trickfinger’s first EP, Sect in Sgt, released in 2012, and Trickfingers first LP Trickfinger later arrived in 2015. Trickfinger II consists of recordings that Frusciante made during winter 2007, while initially developing a new avenue for sound exploration.
If you’re at all a fan of deep, acid techno, or blistering licks, please check out this unique offering from an already tenured musician. What really stands out is that it’s not a commercial grab or attempt at relevance, but a musician following an inspiration and creating, which is something that is often lacking in today’s society and media.
You can check Trickfinger’s original tune After Below on SoundCloud, along with previews of each song off the new album. Stay tuned for the full Trickfinger II on September 8th, 2017.
What do you think of Frusciante’s alias Trickfinger? Do you have a favorite track off Trickfinger? Share your thoughts in the comments!