February 3, 2015

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will apparently work with a new producer for the first time in 24 years. After making six records with acclaimed producer Rick Rubin, going back to 1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the quartet will make its 11th studio effort with producer Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton, who has previously worked with the Black Keys, Beck, Portugal.The Man and many others.


The news was broken by Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who wrote on Twitter, “Bout to start recording. Danger Mouse producing….. let’s hang soon” — although the tweet was later deleted.

The Chili Peppers have been working on the new album since mid-2014.

Drummer Chad Smith hinted at a change in the way that the band recorded in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, saying, “The new album is shaping up good . . . we’re now going to try another method that will be really challenging for us and will bring new, exciting results for the band.”

Smith said that the Peppers have never really changed the way they write songs over the years: “No, it’s just the same, man. We get in a room and we just rock, and whatever comes out that we like, sounds good, we work on it and we make songs out of ’em and, you know, it’s the same kooky process, four guys in a room, you know, making noise. So it’s all good.”

The new Chili Peppers album is due out sometime this year and will follow up 2011’s I’m With You.

That disc marked the recording debut of guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who replaced longtime axeman John Frusciante in the lineup.