Flea copycats

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Unemploid, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. What bassists are out their with a similar style to flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers?
  2. I think he is so unique (aesthetically and how he behaves on stage at least) that there are none really similar to him. Sonically, he's perhaps not quite as distinctive but he did have an effect and influence on a lot of the bands of the nu metal era. I remember quite a few players from that era who seemed to bring a bit of Flea's funky aggression to their style. They were perhaps the first generation of musicians in a big, new rock genre following RHCP becoming huge to really bear the influence of Flea's style.
  3. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Just go to a Guitar Center on any weekend. That’s where you’ll find the copy cats. As far as ‘in a similar style’, that’s entirely different.
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  4. AboutSweetSue

    AboutSweetSue Guest

    Sep 29, 2018
    I really can’t think of a single one. He is an original, and he is very difficult to emulate.
  5. Pat Harris

    Pat Harris

    Nov 17, 2006
    Brighton, MI
    I don't really hear many/any players where I think, "That sounds like Flea." I definitely hear players where I think, "That sounds like Larry Graham or Bootsy Collins," and without those two pioneers, I don't think we would be talking about Flea.
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  6. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...if you like Flea-
    Muzz Skillings from Living Colour
    P-Nut from 311

    Gang Of Four may be somebody you might like, too.
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  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I think we would...Flea just wouldn't slap :D
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  8. Chrishi87


    Aug 17, 2010
    Futoshi Uehara from Maximum the Hormone. Awesome Band. J-Rock Metal.
    Played the Flea Bass and even has the same Tattoos as the Chili Peppers.

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  9. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I agree with what's been said about Flea's uniqueness. Check out Norwood Fisher from Fishbone, and Rob Trujillo's playing in Infectious Grooves.
  10. teh-slb


    Sep 21, 2018

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