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Dave Grohl: “I fucking loveSkrillex”

The 2012 Grammys – pop music’s favourite thug Chris Brown opening the show, a Whitney Houston tribute, Adele, Skrillex, Adele, Skrillex, Adele, Adele, Bonnie Bear and a speech from Dave Grohl about the importance of “the human element of music”. Close curtain and forget about it all for another year. Well, almost.

It turns out that despite the fact that the Foo Fighters were up on stage jamming with Deadmau5 (after a segue from a Chris Brown/David Gutetta collaboration) many punters have misinterpreted Dave Grohl’s words as a ‘death to disco’ style rallying cry against dance music and so the Foos’ leader has issued a statement to clarify his words and remind us all that he’s not Josh Groban.

Dave Grohl’s Grammy rundown:

Oh, what a night we had last Sunday at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The glitz! The Glamour! SEACREST! Where do I begin?? Chillin’ with Lil’ Wayne…meeting Cyndi Lauper’s adorable mother…the complimentary blinking Coldplay bracelet…..much too much to recap. It’s really is still a bit of a blur. But, if there’s one thing that I remember VERY clearly, it was accepting the Grammy for Best Rock Performance…and then saying this:

“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].”

Not the Gettysburg Address, but hey…...I’m a drummer, remember?

Well, me and my big mouth. Never has a 33 second acceptance rant evoked such caps-lock postboard rage as my lil’ ode to analog recording has. OK….maybe Kanye has me on this one, but….Imma let you finish….just wanted to clarify something…

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.

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? In 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.

And, unfortunately, some of these great advances have taken the focus off of the actual craft of performance.Look, I am not Yngwie Malmsteen. I am not John Bonham. Hell…I’m not even Josh Groban, for that matter. But I try really fucking hard so that I don’t have to rely on anything but my hands and my heart to play a song. I do the best that I possibly can within my limitations, and accept that it sounds like me. Because that’s what I think is most important. It should be real, right? Everybody wants something real.

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. 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.

Stay frosty.

Davemau5

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lateleigh

lateleigh said on the 20th Feb, 2012

I think he's spot on. I never thought I'd be agreeing with Dave Grohl, but shit, his statement was pretty accurate as far as I can see. I guess the people who reacted to his speech where the multitudes of bland-o-rama pop whores who think making music is all about pushing buttons. Fuck 'em.

grattan

grattan said on the 20th Feb, 2012

*waits for the inevitable photoshopped picture of Dave with Skrillex hair*

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 20th Feb, 2012

]http://i43.tinypic.com/bg6asx.jpg

check out dem PS skillz.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 20th Feb, 2012

I love that one ear is two inches higher than the other ear.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 20th Feb, 2012

those are both skrillex's ears, they''re unedited :p

batdan

batdan said on the 20th Feb, 2012



it is, isn't it?
http://www.tecsol.com.au/images/KA1114.jpg

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 20th Feb, 2012

Dave Grohl's not like a regular dad, he's a cool dad.

shazie

shazie said on the 20th Feb, 2012



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4ECb_fmLUU

RAMONESelaar

RAMONESelaar said on the 20th Feb, 2012



http://i.imgur.com/SRGBc.jpg

Sir Toire

Sir Toire said on the 20th Feb, 2012

Here we can observe Dave Grohl being awesome, yet again.

daveyac8881

daveyac8881 said on the 20th Feb, 2012

He is a good worder. He should word more.

Nosyt

Nosyt said on the 21st Feb, 2012

He looks eerily similar to the drummer out of nirvana

Sir Toire

Sir Toire said on the 21st Feb, 2012



Nice to see your input.

batdan

batdan said on the 21st Feb, 2012

I kinda like the new skrillex song. Just saying.

Slip_dog

Slip_dog said on the 1st Mar, 2012

Skrillex is cool get over it.