I’m off to the Jay-Z rehearsal today. Thank you to Rick Rubin who made my involvement possible.
Q: Dave, do you see any Camp Freddy CDs or anything coming out? I was also wondering if you are friends with Steve Stevens, since I saw he played with Camp Freddy.
A: There is a more up to date story on the band here:
We are actually recording a record now with Mike Clink, producer of all the early G’n'R records. Yes, we are all friends with Steve. He has played with us several times, once with Billy Idol as well. Great guitarist, great hair.
Q: What’s the best advice you can give anyone making a new demo after 12 years?
A: I’d say just do it and try not to judge yourself and miss the moment. Second guessing during the process can really be a nightmare. As Isaacs has said to me, “There is creative mode and there is edit mode and never shall the twain meet.” (he actually never said ‘twain’, I just threw that in there)
Q: So, did you study with a teacher? On an academy? By yourselves?
A: I did have a teacher when I was young for a while, but as someone else posted, just listening to music can be the most valuable teacher possible. I owe most of my training to Zeppelin, Hendrix, Floyd and all of the musicians I have had the opportunity to jam with. Just playing with people in it self, is a great inspiration.
Q: I was wondering what kind of FAITH you meant by saying that? I mean, is it faith in God or in yourself — or maybe a bit of both? Are you (have you ever been) ? Spiritual/religious at all?
A: I’m not sure really. Faith in God, one’s self or just life working out if you are open to it. For me it is just believing in ‘something’, even though I don’t always know what that is, that helps put my life in perspective. I don’t want to rant about it, but there is a lot to get into here. Such a huge subject.
Q: Speaking of autobiographies, will you ever venture into this field, or will ‘don’t try this at home’ answer all the questions?
A: Well, DTTAH kind of is, but it only covers a year. It was really an experiment. I don’t know if I’ll ever do a full blown autobiography. Just covering the year was pretty gnarly.
Q: Quick question: what’s the status of Stephen’s side project with Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters?
A: I didn’t know about this but I will ask him. Taylor is just amazing and I would love to check him and Perk out together. I know Taylor does a really cool cover band called Chevy Metal. Chaney and I jammed with them last Saturday at Chaney’s birthday party. We did Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak. That Taylor hits f!@#ing hard.
Q: How often does Chris shroom? When was the last time you shroomed?
A: I don’t think often, it was his birthday so I think he let his hair down a bit. Last time I did? High School. I never did so well with the hallucinogens. (Sure, like I did well with anything else!)
Q: You guys still talk to Eric Avery?
A: I spoke to him about a year ago. Such a great, smart and funny guy. Is he still with Alanis? Anyone know what he’s doing these days? I haven’t jammed with him in many years to answer an earlier question.
Q: Steve, what are you gonna do with all the recordings of Jane’s? I know there’s a lot of people out there who’d pledge their first-born for some of the tapes I’m sure you’ve got.
A: Great question. I know he has just about everything. Maybe one day he can put out a Perkins’ catalogue and make something available.
Q: Is Camp Freddy coming back to NYC anytime soon, or any solo one off gigs?
A: I know there is an NYC gig in a month or two, I just don’t remember. I’m sure the Camp Freddy site will eventually have the info. It’s at: campfreddy.net
Q: Is there gonna be a follow-up to Trust No One?
A: I hope so, I sure had a great time doing that, but for the time being, I’m digging the collective creative vibe.
Q: Have you caught up with technology these days?
A: Yes, in fact we love the use of computer technology in the studio, provided it is in combination with actual performance and musicians.
Q: Funny thing is….a lot of people don’t seem to understand that and tell me I need to just “get over it”. Does that ever really happen? (about the loss of a loved one)
A: Well, I can assure you it gets better, even easier, but I don’t know if it is something you just get over. I think of it as something you learn to live with and draw from.
Q: Why cant you just stick with your own music, a lot of your fans do not like the fact that you play with all the “popular” artists like Jay-Z or Christina. I on the other hand don’t really care, and I know that you think it broadens your horizons but many people feel that you have lost some of the great guitar playing spirit you used to have in the days of Early Jane’s and Deconstruction.
A: Good question and I appreciate the tone. I think there are several reasons. Primarily, it is just a lot of fun. I remember when I was young and Eddie Van Halen showed up on Beat It. I thought, “That’s so weird! How? Why did that happen?” I just liked the paradox and the contradiction. I also thought it was cool that there was no apparent judgment by either artist. Music for the sake of playing music. I also do think, as you said, that playing with people from another genre does broaden our abilities. As for the spirit, I guess I just believe in the spirit of music and human relation. When I played with Michael Jackson, it was for a benefit for the Democratic Party. Bill Clinton was even front and center. (could have been a sexual deviant party!) Anyway, it was a cool experience. That’s all. No money, no royalties. Just a fun oddity in my life. Trust me, the spirit is alive.
Q: Another question I have is that do you or any of the other guys actually go on any message boards and read any of the comments said about you or do you just not care?
A: No. I just keep it real here. Don’t get me wrong though, I do care, I just don’t see the need in defending every little comment.
Q: Is it true that not only did you post about the demise of Jane’s on your new band’s site but that this is how Perry found out?
A: Actually that is not true. I would never do that. I was just answering questions posted here, in all honesty. I don’t know where Tyler gets his info, but he is pretty accurate.
Q: It seems like you’ve single handedly ruined a legendary band. Overall, the Jane’s fans don’t seem to see your side. What do you have to say about that?
A: I am sorry that some feel that way. I don’t think any one person has the power to ruin something so bigger than life and great. The truth is I don’t have a side. I wish everybody the best, but airing specific personal information online is inappropriate and unnecessary. We are just trying to stay positive and focused on the present and the future.
Q: Anyway, do you think you would ever consider doing anything with RHCP these days? You and john, and all of RHCP, for that matter, are amazing musicians and I cant even imagine what great music could come out of some sessions with you guys.
A: Of course, I love those guys.
Thank you all…