21 Facts About Arik Marshall


Arik Ben Marshall is the third of five children born to an African-American father and a Jewish mother.


Arik Marshall grew up and attended school in South Central Los Angeles, graduating from Mid City Alternative Magnet School.


Arik Marshall later credited this period in his life for preparing him for musical study, as the forced inactivity calmed down his naturally hyperactive personality thus giving him the focus and patience he would need in order to develop as a musician.


Arik Marshall began playing guitar in his teens, counting as musical influences P-Funk, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Brian Setzer of the Stray Cats, Prince, Django Reinhardt, Steven Hufsteter, Matthew Ashman from Bow Wow Wow, the Clash, Michael Jackson, the Talking Heads, Bjork, and the Isley Brothers, among many others.


Arik Marshall has taught guitar at Los Angeles City College and The Musician's Institute.


In 1988, he and his brother Lonnie Arik Marshall formed a band they called Arik Marshall Law.


Arik Marshall continued to perform locally in Los Angeles and briefly led his own band, Alpha Jerk, before disbanding it to join the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1992.


Arik Marshall Law reunited in 2006 and released an album, another X-cuse.


Arik Marshall toured extensively with the band during his tenure as their guitarist and played the Lollapalooza festival of that year.


Singer Anthony Kiedis later praised Arik Marshall for being "a quick study" and never letting them down onstage.


Since Arik Marshall did not perform on any studio recordings with the band, he was not inducted as a member; however, drummer Smith thanked Arik Marshall along with other former members for their contributions to the band.


Arik Marshall contributed to three Weapon of Choice releases: Highperspice, Illoominutty and Color Me Funky, and appeared on the recordings of Moloko and Poe.


Arik Marshall co-wrote a song which was recorded by Rod Stewart in 2003.


Arik Marshall continued to perform on his own and to work on solo projects, independently producing and releasing four albums: Memories of Amnesia, Fantaseality, Pleasures of the Funky and Heaven's Ghetto.


In 2011, Arik Marshall released a music video for "True To The Almighty" a single from his Memories of Amnesia CD.


Arik Marshall is currently working on a music video for "Heaven's Ghetto" single, When the Sound Starts Moving.


Arik Marshall appeared on Saturday Night Live and The Rosie O'Donnell Show with Macy Gray.


Arik Marshall performed at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards and the 1993 Grammy Awards shows with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.


Arik Marshall appeared on The Simpsons episode "Krusty Gets Kancelled" as part of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' cameo appearance.


Arik Marshall appeared in 2002's Spider-Man movie in a cameo appearance with Macy Gray.


Arik Marshall appeared as the guitarist in the wedding scene of the 2009 movie The Hangover.