Dave Grohl On Grammys And Going Analog

artist: Dave Grohl date: 02/16/2012 category: music news
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Dave Grohl On Grammys And Going Analog
Dave Grohl's Grammy speech for Best Album brought the audience to a standing ovation when he championed making music from the heart. It was a discreet attack on computer production culture, which can leave modern music feeling over-polished and lifeless. "It's not about being perfect, it's not about sounding absolutely correct, it's not about what goes on in a computer," he told the Grammy audience. "It's about what goes on in [your heart] and what goes on in [your head]." Grohl thinks more bands should try analog recording, because the freedom of computer production can distract musicians from the real creative process. "To me the biggest advantage of going analog is the restrictions that it implies, which gets you to perform in a way that you're actually being a human being," Grohl said to Rolling Stone. "We thought about heart and performance. And I would rather people not tune their vocals, I would rather people not grid their drums." Will younger bands really take on the analog challenge when the equipment or studio rentals can cost so much, compared to affordable laptops and audio interfaces? "Wasting Light" mastering engineer Emily Lazar hopes so. "I think that would be a phenomenal response because there's nothing like real organic old-school rock and roll," she said. "I think a lot of bands can do it," she says. "They might not be able to achieve the mass appeal that Foo Fighters did, but I think there are a lot of bands that can do it, I'd love to hear them try." Grohl agrees: "I would rather that bands sound like bands and when you go analog that's kind of what you get." Watch his acceptance speech here, but note that the Grammy production company keeps taking copies down with copyright claims, so accept our apologies if it doesn't stay online:
Has your band ever recorded in an analog studio, and what were the results like? Do you prefer the freedom of digital? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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