Below are some of the most interesting parts of the Salon.com interview with Dave Grohl. I would recomend reading the entire thing, especially if you’re a Nirvana fan, or interested in Grohl’s perspective on those years.
On File Sharing
…But for him file sharing is simply an extension of those home-made mix-tapes. “To me, the most important thing is that people come and sing along when we pull into town on tour,” he says. “Sharing music is not a crime. It shouldn’t be. There should be a deeper meaning to making music than just selling downloads.”
Grohl’s experience with Nirvana has coloured the way he now runs Foo Fighters. “I learnt a lot of lessons from being in Nirvana. A lot of beautiful things and a lot of …” he pauses, “lessons of what not to do. I’m not a businessman, but when it comes to making music I’ve kind of figured out a way of doing it without anyone getting hurt.” He drums his fingers, performing a short paradiddle against the arm of the leather sofa.’
On Band Roles
Are you a control freak? I ask. “Absolutely. No question. I am a controlling freak. I’m not a control freak, I’m a controlling freak. This is our baby. When it comes to making music, we have our own process, we have our own crooked democracy …”
Democracy? Or is it a benign dictatorship? “Well, yeah. Show me a band of five people where there’s no leader … I just don’t think it could happen. At the end of the day, it’s my name at the bottom of the cheque.”
Read the full article here.