The Red Hot Chili Peppers love California so much, they mention it 17 times in the song “Californication”. Their adoration of the golden state has paid off, as RHCP is one of the world’s most successful rock bands and “Californication” is one of their biggest songs.
The band’s writing process is pretty standard: the band comes up with the music and the singer adds lyrics and melodies over top. But in the case of “Californication”, Anthony Kiedis already had words and a melody in mind.
The band struggled to find the right supporting music to back up his vocal parts, and even tried a reggae version. They eventually landed on the song’s current iteration, and it became one of the band’s biggest hits.
In this 13-minute lesson, RHCP drummer Chad Smith shares his best tips for nailing your drum covers of “Californication”, then play through the full song so you can see exactly how he gives it his personal flair.
If you’re currently taking a break from work and can’t watch the video, here’s a preview of some of the tips:
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