During an appearance on the My Planet Rocks podcast, Dave Grohl was asked about how often it crosses his mind he was the drummer in Nirvana. Ultimate-Guitar.com transcribed Grohl’s response, in which he explained, “That’s a good question. It’s not something I reflect on constantly. There are times where I’ll be in the car and a Nirvana song will come on, and I’ll not just think of the music, but think of the time and place where it was recorded. It’s funny, my connection to Nirvana is different than most people in that it was a very personal experience and it was a very emotional experience.” He went on to say, “So I look back on that music almost like someone would look back on an old photo album, I mean, I remember everything from the last 32 years. Whenever I think of that time, I usually am reminded of the place I was in emotionally. When we came down to record the record Nevermind, it was like, we were kids. I think I was 21, maybe 22-years-old. We’re in the old van, we drive down to Los Angeles, we got into this old recording studio that just looks like it’s about to fall apart, but we were excited, and there was some sense of mystery or adventure to it.”
Grohl explained that there was no way to predict how massive Nirvana would become in such a short amount of time: “There was an innocence, and we were a bit naive; nobody expected what happened, what was going to happen, and then over time, when Nirvana first started getting popular, there were some really good times. . . . And I look back on those like, ‘I bought a motorcycle,’ that kind of thing, like, I met a beautiful girl, I took my mother out to dinner — things like that.”
- Back in 2016, Butch Vig, the producer of Nirvana‘s 1991 landmark album Nevermind, told Ultimate Guitar that drummer Dave Grohl was responsible for “90 percent” of the sound of the album.
- Vig recalled, “(Dave’s) an incredible drummer. The first day of preproduction in North Hollywood, Kurt (Cobain) had this f***ing very loud Mesa Boogie he was playing and Krist (Novoselic) had an Ampeg SVT bass amp and those were both loud as hell.”
- But even though Grohl’s drums were not mic’d that day and did not play through the band’s PA system, Vig said, “It sounded so f***ing intense . . . I just kept pacing around the room and going, ‘Oh, my god. This sounds f***in’ amazing.’ Dave is an incredible musician. He really is. People always say, ‘How’d you get that sound on Nevermind?’ and 90 percent of it is Dave Grohl.”
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