After exclaiming in an interview earlier this year that he no longer planned to commercially release music, former Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s guitarist John Frusciante has just released a shit tonne of free tunes.
Frusciante has now clarified comments from his earlier interview, in an extensive letter, explaining “Obviously I have a public audience, I am aware of them, and they know who they are, When I said ‘At this point, I have no audience’, I meant ‘audience’ in the figurative sense of people who I have in mind when I am creating, who I intend to send my music to or play it for.”
On why he has released his new music at no cost, he says “When someone releases music on a label, they are selling it, not giving it. Art is a matter of giving. If I sing my friend a song, it goes from me to her, at no cost. That’s giving. If I sell you an object, we do not say that I gave you that object. Recording artists have been ‘giving’ the public music by selling it to them for so long that we now think of sell-outs as dedicated musicians who love their audience so much that they aggressively sell them products, and sell themselves as an image and personality to this audience on a regular basis just as aggresively.” You can read the letter in full here.
Head here to check out his new album, 4-Track Guitar Music, plus a whole lot more never before released, free tunes.