[Interview] Dave Grohl On His New Film, Nirvana, Facing His Demons And Being A Huge Rock Star (page 7)
What was it like for Moll to have such an in-depth view of Grohl’s music writing process and ultimately, his day-to-day activities? Moll said that Grohl is a master at the balancing act of life, effortlessly taking care of many aspects:
“It was interesting to see the process because they would be recording a little bit and say, ‘OK. I’m going to go write some lyrics.’ So, it’s a process. It’s a creative process. I found it rather interesting.”
[pullquote quote="We'll do it in the garage and I'm sure it will turn out fine. And it's amazing. Best record we ever made."]“It was interesting watching Dave work because on the one hand, you know, he’s like this consummate musician who takes the music very seriously…but he’s also extremely well-organized. He’s got these graphs on the wall and these charts and everything happens right when he says.”
“He’s always got his lap-book open, looking at the calendar and saying, ‘OK. On Wednesday…’ He would text me at like six in the morning saying, ‘OK. Rise and shine!’ Yeah, so it’s a split kind of thing.”Laughing outrageously, Grohl got the whole studio laughing when he replied:
“Both sides of the brain, dude. Left and right, yo. Whole! Big old brain…pumping…stuff!”
One part of it, is that Grohl can do his own thing, essentially running his own record label and making all the major decisions for the Foo Fighters without any pressure from the music business machine.
“We’ve been really lucky for years. The people that we work with have been cool enough to let us do our own thing. The people at the big label just know, ‘OK. They’re going to make a record in the garage? OK. Leave them alone. When they come out, I’m sure it will be a Foo Fighters record and it will be OK. “
“But, I mean, this band has gotten to this point that we never imagined being around this long. We never imagined being as popular as we are and we’re just as shocked as anyone else that we’re a famous rock band, you know? And to me, it was like, ‘OK. Well, there’s a lot of expectation on the band now.’ Then people are like, ‘Oh. You’re the Foo Fighters? Then you must be this great rock band.’”
In the end, despite the haters of the past, the pressure of the present, or continued success in the future, Grohl is just excited to have made the best record of his life.
“And we’ve never felt like the greatest rock band in the world, so to diffuse some of that expectation, I thought, ‘You know, let’s just be cool about it.’ We’ll do it in the garage and I’m sure it will turn out fine. And it’s amazing. Best record we ever made.”