Dave Grohl is making a point of clarifying comments he made while accepting a Grammy on Sunday night for the Foo Fighters‘ most recent album, Wasting Light. Grohl has taken heat for complaining about a lack of “human element” in contemporary music, which has been widely interpreted as a broadside against all manner of non-rock music.
“I love ALL kinds of music,” Grohl said in a statement released earlier today. “Electronic or acoustic, it doesn’t matter to me. The simple act of creating music is a beautiful gift that ALL human beings are blessed with. And the diversity of one musician’s personality to the next is what makes music so exciting and . . . human.”
He went on to explain he was talking about technology, not styles. “That’s exactly what I was referring to, the ‘human element,'” he said. “That thing that happens when a song speeds up slightly, or a vocal goes a little sharp. That thing that makes people sound like PEOPLE. Somewhere along the line those things became ‘bad’ things, and with the great advances in digital recording technology over the years they became easily ‘fixed.’ The end result? In my humble opinion . . . a lot of music that sounds perfect, but lacks personality. The one thing that makes music so exciting in the first place.
“I try really fucking hard so that I don’t have to rely on anything but my hands and my heart to play a song,” Grohl said. “I do the best that I possibly can within my limitations, and accept that it sounds like me. Because that’s what I think is most important. It should be real, right? Everybody wants something real.”