||Michael Balzary AKA Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers
was in the "Green Room" ninemsn
on Thursday 11 April
5pm - 6pm AEDT
ninemsnLive says: ninemsn in association with National Youth
Week presents a Live Interview with Michael Balzary AKA Flea
from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Michael and sorry about waking you up!!
says: It's ok, when Im delirious I think better.
says: cool, should be a great online interview then lets get
stuck into the questions:
asks: Hi Michael! Its great to see you involved in National
Youth Week! My question is what issues do you think are affecting
young people today? Are there any you remember from your own
experience as a young person?
says: I think theres been issues affecting young people
since the beginning of time. It's the most important thing
any young person can do is to learn how to relax and learn
how to love themselves.
asks: How did you first get started in the music Industry?
says: I always loved music since I was a teeny little boy.
And now that Im a teeny little man I still love it.
It's always been a natural thing for me, it's never been a
business for me. It's always been a natural and spontaneous
thing for me.
asks: HI Micheal!! My question is how did you get the nickname
says: I picked it off the name tree.
asks: Flea, at the fanclub board we were horsing around with
names for the new album and I came up with "No name yet"
heh wouldnt that be something? ~Pascalle from the Netherlands
says: If you're decisive about that title thats positive.
We haven't fixed on a title yet but we are thinking of calling
it Kain Balzary is the Centre of the Universe.
asks: Hi Flea, when will you and the band be next coming out
says: We're coming in December. We're actually swimming there
as part of our fitness program.
asks: what kind of brand for bass do you play?
says: I play a Modulus bass though it's never really mattered
to me what type of instrument I play. It's much more of a
spiritual, emotional experience and much less a matter what
type of instrument I play.
asks: How do you feel about getting the music artist contribution
award this weekend at the ESPn sports & Music awards ??
I will see you there
says: I feel like a gorilla's toenail in mid July after mating
says: sounds like a secret code!
asks: what will your new album be sounding like?
says: It's a natural growth from Californication. The best
way I can describe it is it's more lush. It's more dynamic
and has more depth of feeling.
asks: Flea what do you think looking back to the days when
you where Tony Flow and the Miraculous Masters of Mahem ?
says: We were only that for about a week and I look upon those
days with great fondess it was a time of explosive creativity
and brotherhood .. and whoever asked that question should
get some kind of an award for detail.
asks: what can we expect on your new music clip?
says: The videos going to be directed by Valerie Datun and
John Farris They directed the Other Side Video and the Californication
video and have a lot of faith in their ideas, but haven't
picked the first song yet so don't know about the video yet.
asks: HI micheal! What advice would you give for young artists
wanting to get their music out into the public?
says: My advice to any young artist is to do what they love
with complete commitment and pay no heed to what other people
think. To not be concerned with anything except the connection
they feel with their art and to practice all the time.
asks: With so many member changes and bad luck with the band
do you feel you are still getting to the point of have reach
what you are aiming for in your music?
says: Yeah, feel like every note that we've ever played has
been an honest one .. and I don't feel like we've had bad
luck really. Many things have happened but I really feel every
event in the bands history has been one to lead us to where
we are now and the band is in a really beautiful place.
asks: Flea, will you be doing any future work with Perry Farrel,
or any member of Jane's Addiction for that matter?
says: I have no idea! Great friends with those guys and its
within the realms of possibility. I'll probably be doing something
with them. I can see myself going surfing with Perry in the
near future (although I am the worst surfer alive.)
asks: what would of you been if u weren't in the red hot chilly
says: I would've definitely been a brain surgeon and I would
have only worked on politicians removing and rearranging DNA
asks: do you have the guts to kiss Dave Navarro again?!?!?!
says: Yeah, I certainly have the guts to do it! I just don't
know if I have the desire to do it.. ..cause...I don't think
he'd be too impressed with the great big cold sore Ive
got on my lip at the moment.
asks: Hi Flea, how's it going? When you've been in Australia
what did you think of Australian and the Australian crowds
at your concerts?
says: I love all crowds whether they're Yugoslavian or Chinese
or African. Human beings all like to have a good time and
dance spastically to wild music, but Australia always holds
a very special place in my heart.
asks: What's your favourite album/group of all time?
says: Favourite album of all time is called Double Nickels
on the Dime by the group the Minute Men.
asks: Is there anything you would like to see dramatically
change concerning youth? For example, schooling, legal sex
age, alcohol, drugs? anything?
says: Some things important to me is having a good music education
in the public school system. In the US it's lacking, don't
know about Australia. Funding has been cut to the point the
programs are nearly non existent. I think a good music education
should be fundamental to any school childs existence.
I think kids brains will work better in all aspects of their
life including the academic subjects if they're given a good
basic grounding in music. Plus they'll have more fun and feel
good about themselves.
asks: Are you still going to do your solo album? If so, what
or who are your biggest influences?
says: Thats something I planned on doing 4 or 5 years ago
but put it on hold when John joined the band. I devoted all
my time to the RHCP but I might do it in the future. I would
write new songs because I would want them to be representative
to how I feel at the time and I feel differently now to how
I did back then.
asks: ummmmm wen do u hav ur latest album out?
says: It'll be coming out at the end of June and I speak for
my whole band when I say we're over the top excited about
it! We feel we've made the best music we've ever made and
we're absolutely thrilled to get it out there.
asks: hi, my brother is one of your greatest fans and plays
the electric do you have any advice on which guitar is best?
says: Like I said before, I dont really think it's a
matter of what guitar is played, more the intent of which
it's played; the ritual of the practice and playing. I really
can't stress all that matters is emotion and intuition and
discipline to practice and to pour your entire heart and spirit
into it whether it be punk rock or jazz, classical. Just be
true to yourself and be free enough to be free of worrying
about what other people think.
Be as great as you can be and fly!
says: last question..but its been worth the wait:
asks: will your band ever come back with their socks on their
says: You never know. The problem is that our genatalia has
grown to an incredible size. We've been speaking to tailors
about getting socks made that can deal with it..maybe cutting
up the legs of our pants and closing up the ends.
says: Thanks Michael, its been fun, stay cool...and go back
says: See ya, thanks.
says: This concludes our live chat with Michael Balzary ,
11 April 2002
by ninemsn.com.au in Sydney, Australia
Thanks to Mel from down under for supplying the transcript!