In an instance of digging one’s own hole yet deeper, Dave Grohl has issued a statement on his Grammy speech of last weekend. At the Grammys, the Foo Fighters lead singer implicitly criticized many of the other acts nominated for their overreliance on technology:
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].
The more you know, indeed. Mr. Grohl was ultimately played off the stage while shouting about rock and roll, prompting at least one viewer to Google to make sure he recalled the correct definition of “rockism.” Mr. Grohl, in his statement, notes that his speech was “not the Gettysburg Address, but hey……I’m a drummer, remember?”
Mr. Grohl went on to discuss the technological advances in the music industry, noting:
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.
The singer is in no way backing down from his criticism of, say, the entire Best Pop Vocal Album field save Adele. But he does have room to praise Skrillex, because he knows Skrillex is popular. “We have a different process and a different set of tools, but the “craft” is equally as important, I’m sure.” (Nice use of the passive-aggressive “I’m sure” there! Dave Grohl: master of the neg.)
Not to pile on a musician who had a week of criticism (we’re talking about Dave Grohl here), but if Mr. Grohl is so terribly concerned with authenticity, why did he perform alongside Chris Brown, America’s top lip-syncher?