David Grohl, fully David Eric "Dave" Grohl

Grohl, fully David Eric "Dave" Grohl

American Rock Musician, Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer-Songwriter and Producer, known for being drummer in Nirvana and currently in Foo Fighters

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When you're thirteen and listening to punk, the aggressive nature of music can sway you to the dark side.

When you're young, you're not afraid of what comes next. You're excited by it.

Whenever I say I made a record in the garage, people just assume that I have, like, a Lear jet parked in there or something. But really there's old luggage, a couple of bikes. It's big enough to put one minivan in. That's it. No dartboard. I'm so not macho.

Who's to say what's a good voice and not a good voice?

Wow, I get to wake up again? Ok. You have to make good with what you've got.

You know why Foo Fighters have been a band for 20 years? Because I've never really told anybody what I think of them. The last thing you ever want to do is go to therapy with your band.

You know, Nirvana used to start rehearsals with the three of us just jamming. For, like, a half an hour, just noise and freeform crap - and usually it was crap. But sometimes things would come from it, and some songs on Nevermind came from that, and 'Heart Shaped Box' and stuff on 'In Utero' just happened that way.

You will only be great at things you love to do ? don?t pursue a career in something you hate to do.

Your personal history is a part of what happens with your hands and your head as you play music.

When you're recording to analog tape, it captures performance and you can't necessarily manipulate that in different ways. It is what it is.

When Nirvana became popular, you could very easily slip and get lost during that storm. I fortunately had really heavy anchors - old friends, family.

When there's so much left to do, why spend your time focusing on things you've already done, counting trophies or telling stories about the good old days?

When you have kids, you see life through different eyes. You feel love more deeply and are maybe a little more compassionate. It's inevitable that that would make its way into your songwriting.

There's something about pulling out a real tape from a shelf and looking at it and knowing that 'Everlong' is on it, or 'Best of You' is on it, and it's really special.

Through Kurt I saw the beauty of minimalism and the importance of music that's stripped down.

Usually, when Nirvana made music, there wasn't a lot of conversation. We wanted everything to be surreal. We didn't want to have some contrived composition.

Usually, when you go in to make a record, you have 30 songs, and you record 30 of them, and 12 of them make it to the record.

Wake up every day and no matter how crappy you feel, want to change something for the better.

We [Nirvana] were real and visceral, fucked-up and ugly. That was what people were craving. And that will never go away.

When digital technology started becoming the norm, you've got 50, 60, 70 years of recordings on tapes that are just deteriorating. Like, a two-inch reel of recording tape won't last forever. It dissolves. It will disappear.

When I joined Nirvana, I was the fifth or sixth drummer - I don't know if they'd ever had a drummer they were totally happy with. And they were strangers. There was never much of a deeper connection outside of the music.

When I listen to music these days, and I hear Pro Tools and drums that sound like a machine - it kinda sucks the life out of music.

When I listen to the radio, I just hear so much music that doesn't even sound like people. The vocals are all tuned, and the drums are all fake.

When I meet young musicians and they fuck themselves up because they've read too many rock'n'roll biographies, it makes me a little sad. There's other ways of doing it - you don't have to get strung out on heroin to write a good song.

When Kurt died I was lost. I was numb. The music I had devoted my life to had now betrayed me. I had no voice. I turned off the radio. I put away my drums. I couldn?t bear to hear someone else?s voice singing about pain, or joy.

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American Rock Musician, Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer-Songwriter and Producer, known for being drummer in Nirvana and currently in Foo Fighters