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AdamChildress 02/17/12 12:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Jason Tate (Post 103223072)
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? 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.

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

Love this man so much. So much respect.

get up kidd 02/17/12 12:35 PM

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Originally Posted by mbarney82 (Post 103225352)
i just like how somene as popular as him is telling people to be more accepting of diff genres. love it

Could not agree more.

schlotty 02/17/12 01:00 PM

My avatar approves.

rocknroll365 02/17/12 01:18 PM

not a big foo fan but i do like dave grohl. i thought it was pretty obvious that he wasn't bashing a certain kind of music, just certain types of artists that don't put there heart into their music. also i like how he still says that he's just a drummer after all these years. i'm curious to see what this fx show he's executive producing is going to be like.

mrnegativezero 02/17/12 01:37 PM

With everything Dave does makes it more certain that if I ever meet him I'll explode. Great man.

birtcho 02/17/12 01:40 PM

Haha that was perfect

Zack Haughton 02/17/12 01:45 PM

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Originally Posted by JTHomeslice (Post 103224562)
Because this is 2012.

Sound logic.

scouseviking 02/17/12 02:08 PM

lol at dave grohl giving a drunken rant speech at the grammy's and then having to defend himself. i think he shouldve just not said anything about this. who gives a shit what people say about what he says. i love the foo fighters but last time i checked they recorded their album in a studio with technologically advanced recording equipment. nice back track dave. open mouth insert foot. dave grohl, who you crappin?

batmannj 02/17/12 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by scouseviking (Post 103242222)
lol at dave grohl giving a drunken rant speech at the grammy's and then having to defend himself. i think he shouldve just not said anything about this. who gives a shit what people say about what he says. i love the foo fighters but last time i checked they recorded their album in a studio with technologically advanced recording equipment. nice back track dave. open mouth insert foot. dave grohl, who you crappin?


oh boy....this totally went over your head

Rysker6 02/17/12 02:46 PM

Seriously, it's Dave, clearly not a bad guy or uber douche rock star. I didn't watch the Grammys, but if that's really all Dave said, it's not offensive. Dave Grohl = forever a cool guy. Just like Billy Zane.

blinkexxists 02/17/12 02:49 PM

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Originally Posted by scouseviking (Post 103242222)
lol at dave grohl giving a drunken rant speech at the grammy's and then having to defend himself. i think he shouldve just not said anything about this. who gives a shit what people say about what he says. i love the foo fighters but last time i checked they recorded their album in a studio with technologically advanced recording equipment. nice back track dave. open mouth insert foot. dave grohl, who you crappin?

Dave/the band made the decision to record Wasting Light on analog 2" tape machines. He talks about it a little more in-depth in the Back and Forth doc, which is awwwesome by the way.

dash64 02/17/12 02:52 PM

An awesome speech backed up by an awesome explanation. This guy is exploding with awesome.

SuNDaYSTaR 02/17/12 02:56 PM

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Originally Posted by WhoSaidThat? (Post 103223782)
Thank you based Grohl.

:clap:

MorningStar10 02/17/12 02:59 PM

Further cements why he is my hero

MyFriendsOver 02/17/12 03:01 PM

Excellent.