Dave Grohl clarifies Grammys comments
Written by Michael
February 20, 2012 8:39 pm
“To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what’s important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do… It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head].”
Shortly after Grohl said this, electronic music fans in their droves took to the internet to bitch and whine about what he said. Quite why is, personally, beyond me as at no point does Grohl explicitly mention electronic music nor the methods in which it is made. What Grohl suggests is that what matters about music is not to specific techniques employed to make it, but that it comes from the heart and the mind.
Interpreted like that, it would seem to me that if anything Grohl is defending electronic music from those who attack it for being made on electronic devices and yes, often, computers. It’s ridiculous to see it any other way because Grohl mentions guitars and microphones and singing in the same sentence.
Frankly, I think this is a case of typical jumped up keyboard warriors who probably don’t really know what they are talking about.
Grohl clarified by saying:
“Never has a 33 second acceptance rant evoked such caps-lock postboard rage as my lil’ ode to analog recording has.
“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.
“I don’t know how to do what Skrillex does (though I fucking love it) but I do know that the reason he is so loved is because he sounds like Skrillex, and that’s badass.”