Michael Peter Balzary, better known as Flea, has left an indelible mark on the world of music and entertainment. As a founding member and the iconic bassist of the renowned rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP), Flea’s influence is immeasurable. But what is Flea up to now, and where can fans find this multifaceted artist?
Born on October 16, 1962, in Melbourne, Australia, Flea’s journey has taken him across continents and through various artistic endeavors. His family moved to Rye, New York, when he was just four years old, marking the beginning of his international upbringing. Following his parents’ divorce, Flea split his childhood between the United States and Australia, eventually settling in California.
High school marked a turning point for Flea when he forged a profound friendship with Anthony Kiedis, the dynamic lead vocalist of RHCP. Together, they formed the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1983, setting the stage for a career that would redefine the landscape of alternative rock.
Aside from his remarkable tenure with RHCP, Flea’s musical journey includes collaborations with several supergroups, including Atoms for Peace, Antemasque, Pigface, and Rocket Juice & the Moon. He has also lent his musical talents to a diverse array of artists, from the likes of The Mars Volta and Johnny Cash to Tom Waits, Alanis Morissette, Young MC, Nirvana, What Is This?, Fear, and Jane’s Addiction.
Flea’s distinctive bass style incorporates elements of funk, psychedelic, punk, and hard rock, setting him apart as one of the greatest bassists of all time. In fact, in 2009, Rolling Stone readers ranked him second only to the legendary John Entwistle in a list of the best bassists.
The pinnacle of recognition came in 2012 when Flea and his RHCP bandmates were honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This accolade solidified their status as trailblazers in the world of rock and roll.
Yet, Flea’s talents extend beyond the realm of music. Since 1984, he has been a familiar face in the world of cinema and television. His acting credits include roles in films such as “Suburbia,” “Back to the Future Part II and Part III,” “My Own Private Idaho,” “The Chase,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Dudes,” “Son in Law,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Low Down,” “Baby Driver,” “Boy Erased,” “The Wild Thornberrys,” “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” and “Babylon.” His dynamic on-screen presence reflects his versatility as an artist.
In addition to his artistic pursuits, Flea is the co-founder of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit organization established in 2001. This institution is dedicated to providing music education to underprivileged children, showcasing Flea’s commitment to nurturing young talent and fostering a love for music.