Dave Grohl SXSW Keynote Speech

Dave Grohl, SXSW,

Today, Dave Grohl took to the stage at SXSW, donned drugstore hipster glasses, and delivered one hell of an inspirational keynote speech.

He talks about hanging with last year’s speaker, Bruce Springsteen (you know, no big deal, just THE BOSS), his humble beginnings as a young punk rocker in the DC area, demonstrates “multitrack recording” using two tape recorders, describes his life-changing years with Nirvana, Kurt Cobain (of course), recording Nevermind at Sound City (the studio he made a film about), changing the world, the again life-altering aftermath that resulted in Foo Fighters, and finally  becoming a cool dad. His mantra throughout the speech is that “the musician comes first.” He stresses the ultimate importance of the human element in music, communicating without words, finding your own voice, and screaming it out til it’s gone. Weirdly, though this is a tech blog, I share the same values and that is why time and again, no matter what toys come out, I always return to the guitar for inspiration.

Grohl is undoubtedly at SXSW this year to promote his new movie, and although he preaches the DIY ethos of his youth, he has become over the course of his astounding career too hugely successful to be considered ‘indie.’ But the thing is, he HAS followed the beat of his own drum and forged his path on his own terms, and is still the living embodiment of RAWK. He is today’s rock superhero, in a world where there may not really be any more on the way. Although he has entered the pantheon of  immortal ‘classic’ rockers, Dave is one of the last of these dinosaurs championing the rock and roll dream and telling you to pick up a guitar and start a band. So if you haven’t already, watch his speech and BE INSPIRED, punk!

Sound City Soundtrack: Grohl+Homme+Reznor’s Mantra

Sound City, Reel to Reel, Dave Grohl

Have you seen Dave Grohl’s film Sound City yet?

The soundtrack is coming out March 12th. It features a ridiculous cast of music legends, including Sir Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear of Nirvana, who debuted their track “Cut Me Some Slack” at the Madison Square Garden Hurricane Sandy Benefit last year. Dave has been playing shows all over the world with different configurations of the loose collective he calls the Sound City Players, which will be making a stop at SXSW March 14th. Grohl is also the keynote speaker of the festival this year.

Watch this sweet behind-the-scenes video of Dave banging the skins, while Josh Homme slappa da bass and Trent Reznor tickles the ivories, as they record the epic 7+ minute ‘Mantra.’ The result is, predictably, a little bit Foo, with a dash of Queens, on a bed of Nails.

This is just the instrumental in its glorious birthing stage. The finished version has vocals on it.

Listen to Sound City – Reel to Reel in full  here.

Order the Sound City Soundtrack

Watch Sound City the Film