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Bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962), more commonly known by the stage name Flea, is an American bassist, trumpet player, and occasional actor. He is best known as the bassist and founding member of the alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. His work with the band incorporates several musical styles, ranging from aggressive slap bass, to more subdued and melodic techniques. Aside from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, he has collaborated with many artists, including Jane`s Addiction, The Mars Volta and Alanis Morissette. Drawing influences from funk and punk rock, Flea centers his bass playing on simplicity and minimalism, viewing complexity as a device that should be used in moderation.
Originally a trumpet prodigy, Flea initially learned to play bass in high school after being taught by close friend and future Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak, who required a bassist for his band Anthym. Flea joined the group, but quit several months subsequent in order to play for the punk rock outfit Fear. He soon rejoined Slovak to form an intended one-off band along with fellow high school alumni Anthony Kiedis and Jack Irons; the impromptu collaboration would ultimately give birth to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Flea has also made forays into acting, appearing in numerous films such as Back to the Future Part II (1989), Thrashin` (1986) and The Big Lebowski (1998).
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Fairfax High School, Los Angeles, California
UCLA, Los Angeles, California, University Of Southern California (2008)
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Michael Peter Balzary
Clara Balzary (daughter), Sunny Balzary (daughter)
Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962), known professionally as Flea, is an Australian musician, singer and actor. He is best known as the bassist and founding member of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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Funk rock, Alternative Rock, Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Hardcore Punk
Bass guitar, Trumpet, Vocals Melodica, Keyboards, Guitar
Warner Bros. Records, EMI
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms for Peace, Antemasque, Rocket Juice & the Moon, What Is This?, Fear, Jane's Addiction, John Frusciante, P, The Mars Volta, Axis of Justice
Experimental Rock, Punk Rock, Electronica
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==Michael Peter Balzary== (born October 16, 1962), better known by his stage name Flea, is an Australian-born American musician and occasional actor. He is best known as the bassist, co-founding member, and one of the composers of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers with whom he was inducted in 2012 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Flea also briefly appeared as the bassist for such bands as What Is This?, Fear and Jane's Addiction. More recently he has appeared as member of the rock supergroups Atoms for Peace, Antemasque, Pigface and Rocket Juice & the Moon. Flea has also collaborated with many artists including The Mars Volta, Johnny Cash, Alanis Morissette and Young MC.
Tom Waits, Alanis Morissette, Young MC
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