Flea is interviewed in the latest edition of MOJO (UK) magazine (April 2012) along with Tony Allen and Damon Albarn for their musical collaboration called Rocket Juice & The Moon. Here are a couple of extracts:
Rocket Juice & The Moon were conceived back in 2008. Albarn, Allen and Flea were travelling on a plane to Lagos to take part in Albarn’s ever- morphing Africa Express collective, which he had set up in response to the dearth of African artists on the bill at Live 8 three years earlier.
“Flea is a big Fela Kuti fan,” says Albarn. “He was in business class but he saw Tony and me at the back of the plane and sat with us for the journey. It was the first time he’d met Tony. They talked about Fela and we all got on really well. We made a promise to ourselves after the show in Lagos that whenever we had a chance we’d get together and jam. So Rocket Juice & The Moon came out of that. If we were all in the same place, we’d rehearse, and as time went on we articulated our ideas. But it was never our intention to play shows and make a record. Things just happened.”
Like Albarn, Flea gets a kick from collaboration, having worked with Jane’s Addiction, Johnny Cash, The Mars Volts and Thom Yorke in Atoms For Peace, who played Yorke’s solo album The Eraser live in 2009 and have an album planned later this year.
“I love the Chilis, “he [Flea] says, “they’ve been my home for 30 years, but going out and playing with other people, there’s a real sense of liberation. I learn and expand. I gain more energy as an artist, and I go back to the Chilis and I’m a wider and wiser musician with more to offer. That’s what I’m reaching for in life. Music is infinite.”