Band Biography

Where does a band start? The real start is the musical influence that everyone gets while listening to the radio, being attracted to the music and energy of live performances and following bands from an early age.

So cue four guys who have been inspired by the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They have been working very hard on perfecting the replication of the awesome Red Hot Chili Peppers sound and performance at their favourite rehearsal venue Glasshouse Studios in Cumnor, Oxfordshire.

Formed in April 2015, they started out as “Midnight Jungle” by combining two song titles (“Midnight” from the album “By The Way” and “Jungle Man” from “Freaky Styley”) into the band name, with Matty on vocals, Phil on guitar, Werner on bass and AJ on drums.

After two personnel changes (the very talented Jordan assuming Phil's guitar duties and the hard-working Rick replacing AJ's behind the drums) they changed the band name to “The Red Hot Chili Peppers Experience”, simply to better reflect what they do.

Over the years, the band members have become close friends, even though they are from various backgrounds and locations across the South of England, sharing the love of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and enjoying a bit of banter and a few pints of beer like all of us. But the best part is when they perform in front of a live audience, wherever in the country, at whichever venue, and let loose. A Red Hot Chili Peppers experience not to be missed!

Band Members

Photo by Gary Osborne of Moonwolf Photography.

Matty “Anthony” Smith

Lead Vocals

Since joining the band, Matty has grown into a sensational frontman and singer, not just of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Experience, but also of other bands like “The Sinners Lounge” and “Who Stoned Who?”. Rocking out of a little place called Camberley in Surrey is a man of many talents, most of which involve the chance of breaking bones and causing mischief making him a vocalist to be feared and respected!

From motorbikes to freerunning and even a bit of martial arts and pumping iron, there’s not a lot that he won’t try.

Never without a big smile and a passion for whatever he takes on you can expect plenty of energy and quality sound from his voice where he’s most at home, out in front getting the crowd on their feet and feeling the music!


Jordan “John” Hallett

Guitars and Backing Vocals

Jordan's origins lie in Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. He joined the band very early on, back in September 2015, only a few months in replacing Phil Hall. Jordan has an impressive musical background, which is evident with his other project, “San Raquel”. With his sublime skills, he redefined the band and took everything to the next level, making us all sound so much better and closer to the original.

He not only plays electric and acoustic guitars, but he is also responsible for replicating those famous backing vocals by John Frusciante.

Photo by Gary Osborne of Moonwolf Photography.

Photo by Gary Osborne of Moonwolf Photography.

Werner “Flea” de Jong


Co-founder of Red Hot Chili Peppers Experience, of Dutch heritage, but now residing in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. He likes very few things more than being on stage, playing one of his beloved bass guitars. He is hugely influenced and inspired by Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea.

He is often asked to turn down his sound levels, which is a request much more familiar to guitarists.

He plays Music Man StingRay (identical to what Flea used during the Blood Sugar Sex Magik era) and Warwick Streamer LX Jazzman bass guitars, through a Gallien Krueger backline (very similar to Flea's setup).


Rick “Chad” Nash


Rick comes from Bicester in Oxfordshire. He joined the band in the second half of 2016, replacing original drummer AJ. He has since become our awesome, reliable, rock-solid brother-in-arms, meticulously laying down those brilliant Chad Smith grooves.

Rick is a professional musician performing with a number of bands in and around Oxfordshire, such as The Mighty Redox, Phyal, Charms Against the Evil Eye, Torn Like Colours and Fork Boy.

Photo by Gary Osborne of Moonwolf Photography.

Past Members

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AJ Ashton

Drums and Backing Vocals

AJ is the original Red Hot Chili Peppers Experience drummer, who unfortunately had to take time out to recover from back surgery. As a luthier, he is the go-to person in the band for repairs to all stringed instruments.

AJ is a multi-instrumentalist, with a striking resemblance of Chad Smith as long as he wears his baseball cap backwards.

Phil Hall


Co-founder of Red Hot Chili Peppers Experience, and former lead guitarist. Phil left the band in September 2015 to start a new project, the Rolling Stones tribute Who Stoned Who?.

Photo by The Red Hot Chili Peppers Experience.

Matty "Kiedis" Smith ‐ Lead Vocals
Jordan "John" Hallett ‐ Guitars and Backing Vocals
Werner "Flea" de Jong ‐ Bass
Richard "Chad" Nash ‐ Drums


Warwickshire ‐ Oxfordshire ‐ Berkshire ‐ Surrey
United Kingdom