Dave Grohl on taking risks in music

From Rolling Stone:

Why don’t people take risks like they used to?

Dave Grohl: That’s a long conversation. Part of the intention of the Sound City movie is to show that music is something that’s very human and there’s no right or wrong. When you’re watching the performances, you see these legends in a really vulnerable place. You see Paul McCartney asking advice from Butch Vig. You see Stevie Nicks saying, “No, no, stop, I fucked up.” These are things that you might not imagine because you’re used to the icon, and you’re used to the album being so perfect or pristine. Modern production has made it so that music almost seems inhuman. And I think that it’s not something to aspire to. Like, you should aspire to the opposite of that. How can I get more real? How can I get more fucked up? How can I get more emotion out of my voice? How can I get my voice to crack? How can the tempo speed up to bring some tension to the music? Rather than, how do I play perfectly on the beat or how do I sing perfectly in tune? Every musician should focus on the craft and really be as good as they can be, but the goal, I don’t think, is perfection. So if you listen to a song like “Helter Skelter” and give it to the guy that produces Ke$ha records and say, “Hey, do you think this is a hit?” What the fuck do you think that guy would say? “Um, it’s out of tune, it’s out of time, the lyrics aren’t catching me.” I think the reason why that song is so amazing is because of how it makes you feel. It has a vibe, and it has a vibe because it’s fuckin’ people.

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