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“With this album, we wanted to connect with as many people as possible. This was the goal. We want to sound timeless, we want our music to be heard in 20 or 30 years and do not seem to belong to a particular time. Somehow, classic.”
– INTERVIEWER: Was that the watchword in the studio, a “classic” sound?
“Well, not a watchword but a very frequent word with Brian Burton.”
“When you make a record on this scale, many people worry just about getting a hit, and is a way to do it, but we seek what we thought honest: to reach everyone and improve the lives of some of them for three minutes. And for that we have discarded many materials, it has not been easy.”
“People expect something in particular from you but they aren’t able to explain what it is, that vibration that only Anthony Kiedis and Flea can get and nobody else. I proposed my ideas without fear although it is true that some were far from the standard of the group. Of course, the farthest was rejected, but there are a couple of songs on the album that came from my proposals.”
– INTERVIEWER: Frusciante wrote some memorable guitar lines.
“Yes, and I’m not tired of people asking me about him, although I don’t know what to say. I just … I do the best I can” he smiles. “I think part of my contribution has also been something personal. The three people who make up the band for many years enjoy what they do, I think now at least for real. And that is what makes things work.”