Red Hot Chili Peppers rehearsed for I'm With You World Tour at Dirt Cheap Sound @ NMS Studios Santa Monica|Recommended: YesIn the corner of a room at Dirt Cheap Sound Stage, on the afternoon of the Chili Peppers’ last tour rehearsal, Flea – shirtless and barefoot, in loose red pants – sits at a table with his vegetarian lunch. He is absolutely still for a minute, his eyes closed and hands turned upward, before he digs in. “Flea says a little prayer over his meals,” says singer-poet Patti Smith, a close friend and collaborator. At some of her concerts in recent years, he has played bass in her band. “To be around Flea is a holistic experience,” she goes on fondly. “He’s careful with his food. He runs every day.” Smith once saw him warm up for a Chili Peppers show by practicing Bach runs on his bass backstage. When she and Flea perform together, she says, “If I’m tired, if he can feel a little faltering, he looks into my eyes and gives me all of his energy. He’s his own man. He knows his worth. But he has that selfless quality that makes a great musician.” Flea’s silent prayers are nondenominational. “I’ve developed a relationship with my idea of what God is” he says. “While music gave me liberation, my playing is about staying in touch with something sacred, a divine energy that flows through me.” It is a visible energy. At Dirt Cheap, the Chili Peppers – with a new touring member, percussionist Mauro Refosco – swing from the rolling acid pop of “Monarchy of Roses” and the stark ballad “Meet Me at the Corner,” both on the new album, to the war-dance charge of “Throw Away Your Television,” from 2002’s By The Way and the Blood Sugar funk command “Give it Away.” In every number, Flea telegraphs each note and rhythmic inflection with his body bent forward practically in half, head and shoulders jerking in time. Kiedis does his own version of that. His dancing, in the instrumental breaks, is part karate, part break dancing, iced with a cocky smile.
The community of people here are really wonderful!|Recommended: Yes"Santa Monica Studios has been an amazing place for us to extend our business in California. Staff is really great at attending to my needs. The community of people here are really wonderful, and some have become close friends. We couldn't have picked a better location for our business."
It’s a friendly environment where everyone knows your name.|Recommended: Yes“I have been working in the area for 5 years and I absolutely love the unique community that is NMS Studios. It is a hidden gem amongst the busy streets of Santa Monica. It’s a friendly environment where everyone knows your name. I love that it’s so unassuming, tucked away in every corner are amazing businesses that are doing great things in the world. When walking around the property you never know what cool business you will come across. In addition, the leasing/property staff is very helpful, prompt and attentive. They understand that happy tenants make for a pleasant environment in the community. ” – Melinda Ray, Frymer Construction
The management is supportive of its denizens|Recommended: Yes"I've been a tenant at NMS Studios for 5 excellent years and it continues to be a source of great inspiration for me. The management is supportive of its denizens pursuing their dreams and the small-town vibe engenders collaboration from within the community. Definitely worth taking a look." - Jason Benesh Producer/Director & Owner of Dirt Cheap Sound Stage