At his mother's urging, Kravitz joined the California Boys Choir for three years, where he performed a classical repertoire, and sang with the Metropolitan Opera.
He taught himself to play piano and bass, and made friends with Zoro who would later become his long-time collaborator. He also appeared as an actor in television commercials during this time.
It was in Los Angeles that Kravitz was first introduced to rock music, listening to The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Creedence Clearwater Revival, KISS, Pink Floyd, and The Who.
John Lennon and Bob Marley proved later to be influential as well. Maria Mc Kee, actor Nicolas Cage and musician Slash were his classmates.
Kravitz began working on his debut album with Hirsch over the next year and a half, with Kravitz's father paying for the studio time.
Kravitz met saxophonist Karl Denson and invited him to play on the song, "Let Love Rule".