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Dave Navarro Interview
Electric Ink - 1996

Dave Navarro has very much come a long way. The name was once synonymously linked to what was known as a band called Jane's Addiction. Since the self-destruction of this essential quartet in the history of the "alternative" music, he is now with another band of Los Angeles origin, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Chili's have again mystified the public with rumors about breaking up, a canceled tour, guitar players coming and going, and guest appearances here and there. Dave finally sits down and sets the record straight, about life, ex-love's, and the truth about the Peppers.

EI: You've been a Pepper for three years now. Does it feel right or are you just killing time to pay the bills?

DN: It does feel right for the time being. It's hard for me to know that kind of stuff until after it's done, like at the time that I was doing Jane's there were things about it that I wasn't into, but when I look back on it, I know that it was right. So, it's hard for me to speak intelligently about something that I'm currently involved in. I just kind of do what I'm doing.

EI: Have you had enough time to decipher the differences between Jane's Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers?

DN: The differences...they're just like women, they're different people. You can't really compare one girlfriend to the next just as you can't compare one band to the next. Jane's Addiction, to me was a little bit more self-destructive where the Chili Peppers are a bit more about self-awareness. As far as musical differences go, those are either obvious or open to interpretation.

EI: After canceling your tour, you guy's seem to be going back into the studio pretty quickly. Is that true, are you taking time off?

DN: We're taking some time off, just to clear our heads. The last record was three years of getting together and getting to know one another, recording, writing, touring. Frankly, we're all kind of burnt out on it. We're not burnt out on the band, we're burnt out on the material, the touring. As far as recording, I don't know about that, I know we have intentions to jump into writing fairly soon, but we really don't have any time restrictions as far as that goes, which is actually a plus. I think that's one of the things that was attractive about this band to me. This was the band that basically called its own shots and takes the time to do whatever it needs to do. Actually, I've never been in a band where there was a whip to be cracked or a clock to be punched.

EI: Recently there has been a lot of bands falling apart as a result of drugs and what not. In the face of it all, what's kept you going? How have you maintained yourself?

DN: I don't do drugs. I can tell you that if I still did, I would not be playing music probably, I certainly wouldn't be in the Chili Peppers.

EI: What are you listening to as far as music?

DN: The last thing that I recall putting on was the Brahms Requiem. Also the new Velvet Underground Box Set.

EI: Who is your favorite musician?

DN: Hendrix.

EI: How did it feel to play with Perry and Stephen on the new P4P record?

DN: It felt really good, like old times. I got chills. It was me and Flea, with Perry, Steve, and Peter. To have the primary, musical members of both your bands in the same room playing music...it was pretty bizarre.

EI: I understand you write. Where or what is your inspiration?

DN: My life. Just like short, simple stories, simple ideas. I'm working on one right now called, Let's Just Be Friends. It's about self analysis of when you say to an ex-girlfriend or a girl you want to be your ex-girlfriend, you say to her, "let's just be friends," what you are actually saying is, "I don't want to be friends, but I do want you to be civil to me if you run into me in public". My writing is more of a journal, short stories that are based on actual events.

EI: What are your hobbies, have any pets?

DN: I don't have any pets. My hobbies are motorcycling, which I truly, truly enjoy, my computer, which sucks up a lot of my free time, going to the gym, drinking coffee, reading, going to the movies.

EI: Your message for today's youth?

DN: HIV testing every six months and, if you are gonna spend time with a hooker, double-up.