Dave Grohl, the former Nirvana drummer and current reigning rock-music champion elicited a fair bit of post-Grammy controversy this week. While accepting a Grammy Award for the famously lo-fi Foo Fighters album "Wasted Light" at the ceremony, Grohl seemingly attacked the prevalence of electronic, computer-based music in our modern world.
“To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what's important," he said to the packed Grammy audience. "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]."
While some vocal electronica fans immediately took to Twitter to bash the front-man, more reasonable music aficionados couldn't help but notice that Grohl was later seen frantically headbanging during a performance by noted electronica artist DeadMau5 later in the telecast. Grohl clarified his position about digital music in a somewhat long-winded, though hilarious Facebook post.
“I love music. I love ALL kinds of music. From Kyuss to Kraftwerk, Pinetop Perkins to Prodigy, Dead Kennedys to Deadmau5," the post read in part. "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."
Grohl then spent a little time defending some of his favorite electronic artists, including Skrillex and the aforementioned Deadmau5.
“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?"
Of course, an apology from Dave Grohl isn't really an apology without a few quips. He ended his contrition with a few subtle zingers.
“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," he said.
The post was in the spirit of an open letter to both his fans and the curious, though in place of his name at the end of the post, he signed it "Stay Frosty, Davemau5."