Monday, February 13, 2012
I'll make this quick and try to use language that's as unambiguous as possible, in deference to people like Dennis Romero of LA Weekly who are apparently easily confused and who misinterpret the meanings of really obvious sentiments if they happen to be expressed in too many sentences.
LA Weekly: Dave Grohl's Grammy Speech About Electronic Music Was Bullshit/2.13.12
No, Dave Grohl wasn't slamming electronic music during the Foo Fighters' acceptance speech last night at the Grammys. He wasn't even talking about electronic music when he said this:
"To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what's important. 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]."
I can't even believe I have to say this, but see, the Foo Fighters had just won an award for Best Rock Album and Grohl had just mentioned how Wasting Light was special to him because they'd recorded it on linear audiotape and without a reliance on high-tech crutches like Pro Tools and Auto-Tune. He doesn't have a fucking problem with electronic musicians, DJs or artists; he was talking about how many of today's pop and rock musicians -- dozens of which you watched perform and win last night at the Grammys -- don't even need to learn to play or sing or do anything that was once required to be known as a musician anymore because there are now computer programs that can make them sound great whether they've got a shred of actual skill or not.
The fucking Foo Fighters not only played with Deadmau5 later in the Grammys broadcast, they had him remix one of their songs and then put the damn thing on the album that won them a fucking Grammy. They don't hate electronic music -- they hate crappy musicians who use technology to cover for their lack of talent and the technology that's rendered so much rock and pop completely sterile and dull.
So, yeah, to Dennis Romero of LA Weekly -- you're a fucking idiot.
I hope for your sake somebody eventually comes up with an Auto-Tune program for writers -- because that's the only thing I can think of that might help your hack ass.
On the plus side, thanks for proving that people who worship at the altar of electronic music and, apparently, only electronic music aren't the sharpest Pro Tools in the shed.