Dave Grohl Explains Why Overproducing A Song Undermines The Essense Of Music

During a recent appearance on Hot Ones, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl talked about whether overproducing a song undermines what it means to make music. The frontman stated that he really likes imperfection in music.

As you’ve probably heard, Foo Fighters are excited to release their debut feature film, ‘Studio 666.’ The band members are playing fictionalized versions of themselves in the horror-comedy movie, and it is about the natural forces that target them while recording a new album. The film was theatrically released on February 25, 2022, by Open Road Films.

Besides the movie, the band will also be very busy with their extensive touring commitments in the upcoming months. They have over 50 performances planned to take place worldwide. They will be heading towards North and South America in the spring of this year and then embark on a European tour in the early summer. Later on, they will be back again in the U.S. and Canada for several new shows.

During a recent conversation, Dave Grohl was asked whether the overproduction of a song is against the nature of making music. Grohl answered the question by saying that it matters a lot for them, although it may not seem very important to the audience or other musicians. He thinks that the human element in music is valuable, so he favors imperfection. The frontman also underlined his fascination with rigid mechanical music and stressed that he still likes that rawness, which they also try to have.

Dave Grohl speaking on whether overproducing a song undermines the essence of music:

“For Foo Fighters, yes, for other people I don’t know. I like imperfection. I like to hear albums where you can hear a hand going up and down the strings, and there’s like finger sliding, and then the tempo goes like this [shows wavy movement]. That’s the human element of music. I dig that. There are some things about music, like really rigid mechanical music, that I f*cking love, I really do. I think we’re kind of best when it sounds like us, and it’s raw.”

You can watch the entire conversation below.