Trickfinger is the solo endeavor and alias of John Frusciante used to explore the world of alternative electronic music, previously building a ravenous cult following in the 90’s as a solo artist and quintessential member of the Californian rock band, Red Hot Chili Peppers. In the early 2000’s, Frusciante took an unexpected turn towards electronic machines more akin to the likes of acid, house, and dance music, spending years learning the intricacies of computer generated sounds before ever recording a single note. After several collaborations and releases with the Venetian Snares project Speed Dealer Mom’s, Trickfinger came to be, forgoing traditional songwriting conventions and acoustic instrumentation to speak the language of programmable synthesizers, drum machines, and samplers.
Armed with classic Roland machines like the MC-202, TB-303 and 606 in the winter of 2007, Frusciante recorded live songs in one take through a cheap mixer straight to a CD burner, with no intention of ever being released and rather as a Christmas gift for a close friends. The recordings were released 8 years later as a self-titled album in 2015 on Absurd Recordings with the second half of the recordings being released in 2017 through the Acid Test label.