I originally posted this on the TribeHouse Collective site (if you care), but I was so stoked to see that at least 1.5 minutes of last night’s Grammys didn’t suck. Not often do you hear the raw truth being told about the music industry from a rock star like Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters, but his acceptance speech at the Grammys (2012) for Best Rock Performance was a breath of fresh air… and I’m not even a big Foo Fighters fan.
Frontman Grohl spoke for the band: “This is a great honor because this record was a special record for our band … We made this one in my garage with some microphones and a tape machine.”
TRANSLATION: Raw talent is actually still good for something. Click here to find out what a tape machine is.
He continued, “We couldn’t have done it without the best producer in the world in Butch Vig … We met each other 20 years ago when we made a Nirvana record and it was an honor to work with you again.”
TRANSLATION: Don’t burn bridges. You never know when you’ll need to call on someone for a favour 20 years from now.
Grohl concluded, “This award means a lot because it shows that the human element of making music is what’s most 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.”
He went on, pointing to his heart and his head saying, “It’s about what’s in here” and commenting on the fact that “It’s not about being perfect”.
I don’t know why this hit me so hard, but I felt like standing up in my living room and saying “Hell ya, that IS what it’s about”. But how does this translate in the real world. How do you train people to appreciate mistakes on an album (because within about 4 minutes of Pro Tools you can fix any sour note). Do you think there’s an inner dissatisfaction with the way “the industry” is operating that is pissing off even the biggest rock stars?
Or the bigger question, could this lead to any sort of change?
Or maybe this was just a great marketing stunt to get people believing that Foo Fighters are purists and this little acceptance speech will sell more albums. I guess I’ll have to give it a listen and see how many mistakes they left in there eh?
(skip to 1:30 when he starts talking)