Josh Klinghoffer discussed Red Hot Chili Peppers in a new interview.
“What came up with me again on this album, which I tried to do differently so I wouldn’t feel this way, is there’s a strange dynamic that if Flea writes something, it’s Flea, and he’s been in the Red Hot Chili Peppers for 30 years. If I write something, I’m in the band, and it’s something that’s expected of me, to bring songs in, but I’m not sure if it necessarily fits with the band.”
There would be times where I’ll show a song or bring something in, and I feel like some people might not know how to react to it, and then it makes me feel like I don’t know if I’m doing a good job or not. With Flea, or when Anthony does what he does, it’s just the band, it’s them, that’s who they are. But I write so many different kinds of songs, sometimes I would get lost: ‘Is this song really good for this band? Should I have shown it to them? I don’t know if they like it. Is that because it’s not good, or it doesn’t come natural to them? Should we keep working on it, or just throw it away?’ There was a lot of confusion with me.”
“Sometimes writing this album was very difficult, and I’d walk away thinking maybe I’m not an equal member, maybe what I bring isn’t good for the band, and that’s not by anything that they do to me, it’s just how I would feel about myself depending on what would happen.”
He said that despite his doubts, he has always felt welcome by his bandmates.