Every Saturday I’ll be talking about somebody who has inspired me and somebody who I believe is leaving a significant mark in the music industry.
This week: Dave Grohl.
Dave Grohl, to me, is one of the most important people of our time. Now, honestly, I like Nirvana and Foo Fighters, but that’s not what draws me towards Grohl.
After seeing countless interviews, his keynote speech at SXSW, and his film Sound City, what interests me and captivates my attention about him is his passion. Dave Grohl’s passion is out of this fucking world.
He uses the fire burning under his ass to inspire so many people and he does all this while still remaining humble and really fucking human. When he talks about the music industry and making music, he speaks clearly and truthfully. I could listen to him talk about the Neve board or recording on tape for hours on end.
Throughout my life I have heard countless people tell me that if I have passion and if I want something badly enough, I can achieve anything. Usually I roll my eyes. They sound so generic. So cheesy. They say it with a smile and their teeth seem to sparkle and they don’t really mean it. When Dave Grohl talked about passion in this interview, (full version here), I truly believed it. For the first time in my life. He doesn’t say it with some paid off smile, he says it with intensity because he knows it’s true. He knows that passion is the only thing you need to accomplish something.
Dave Grohl has come a long way since Nirvana, but I can’t help noticing that he’s still that fired up, bad ass kid who just loves to make music. He understands so much about music. About the integrity of music. He cares so deeply for fans and for listeners and he is so concerned with giving us the best sound possible, and that doesn’t mean an album drowned in ProTools effects, but an album that sounds pure to the band and to the humans in that band. Grohl understands the need for human involvement in music making as I wish more people did. Dave Grohl, to me, is a genius.
Through my seemingly endless years of education, no one has taught me more about my passions and aspirations than Mr. Dave Grohl. He has made clear my desire to be somewhere in the music industry because he made me hopeful for the future of music.
Other sweet things about Dave Grohl:
- He seems to be a kick-ass dad.
- He openly supports gay rights.
- This story.
- His “What’s In My Bag" at Amoeba Records.
- Obviously his film director debut with Sound City
- His beard.