Dave Grohl Sets the Record Straight About His Grammy Acceptance Speech
Dave Grohl was one of the highlights at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards earlier this week. From rocking a Slayer shirt to taking part in all-star jams with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Deadmau5, the Foo Fighters frontman was on a roll. However, it was Grohl’s all-too-short acceptance speech that had music fans crying foul on both sides of the spectrum.
While the Foo Fighters were accepting the Grammy for Best Rock Performance, their fourth of the night, Grohl made a point to say that the human element was missing from music today. According to the former Nirvana drummer, the advancement of digital technology has made artists sound too perfect. Electronic music fans seemed to have interpreted Grohl’s comments as a shot at artists like Skrillex, Deadmau5, Daft Punk and others in the genre.
The backlash has caused Grohl to clarify his message via the Foo Fighters’ official Facebook page.
I love music. I love ALL kinds of music. From Kyuss to Kraftwerk, Pinetop Perkins to Prodigy, Dead Kennedys to Deadmau5…..I love music. Electronic or acoustic, it doesn’t matter to me. The simple act of creating music is a beautiful gift that ALL human beings are blessed with. And the diversity of one musician’s personality to the next is what makes music so exciting and…..human.
The singer continued:
That’s exactly what I was referring to. The “human element”. That thing that happens when a song speeds up slightly, or a vocal goes a little sharp. That thing that makes people sound like PEOPLE. Somewhere along the line those things became ‘bad’ things, and with the great advances in digital recording technology over the years they became easily “fixed”. The end result? I my humble opinion…..a lot of music that sounds perfect, but lacks personality. The one thing that makes music so exciting in the first place.
I don’t know how to do what Skrillex does (though I love it) but I do know that the reason he is so loved is because he sounds like Skrillex, and that’s badass. We have a different process and a different set of tools, but the “craft” is equally as important, I’m sure. I mean…..if it were that easy, anyone could do it, right? (See what I did there?)
So, don’t give me two Crown Royals and then ask me to make a speech at your wedding, because I might just bust into the advantages of recording to 2 inch tape.
Now, I think I have to go scream at some kids to get off my lawn.
So there you have it. Dave Grohl loves dubstep as much as the rest of us. What do you think of his response? Tell us below.