Sometimes when I suddenly get inspired by something I get all fired up and I want to do so many things and I want to write everything down and I want to go there and do this and do that and make this happen and start this up and I want to do it all RIGHT FUCKING NOW but the problem is I don’t have a clue how to do it all and I don’t have any fucking money or time to do any of it. Oh, the joy of having a full time job which sucks all the time and energy out of your life leaving you with no motivation to do the thing you really love, which in my case is make fucking music.
Anyway, I’m just after watching Sound City. I won’t go into it at length but it’s a documentary by Dave Grohl, about a recording studio (Sound City Studios) in Hollywood where so many influential and famous records were made. Records by Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Tool, RHCP, Rage Against the Machine, Neil Young, and so fucking many more. They had some famous analogue recording/mixing desk called a Neve desk and the documentary kind of focused on how they kept bringing bands in and recording music that way even after the whole industry went digital and started using Pro Tools and Autotune. Not to spit in the eye of digital at all either.
I for one have never really thought about how the music I listen to is recorded, but you CAN hear a difference. An album that was recorded on tape, and pressed to vinyl, it sounds incredible. Something more human anyway than something recorded digitally and downloaded to your iPod in mp3 or FLAC or whatever the fuck format it is.
I don’t really have that much of an idea what I’m talking about when it comes to all that, I’m no sound engineer, I’ve never recorded music in any way except sticking a fucking microphone in front of my bass amp and playing. Nothing professional in my experience then. But hopefully you’ll see the point I’m trying to make here.
You’d need to watch the documentary. But there was something in there that really made me think, why the fuck haven’t I been recording with a band and out gigging, and MAKING THIS SHIT HAPPEN MAN. I’m a good bass player, I know a fair few musicians, I have easy access to a practice studio, there’s no excuses.
I think there’s something in that documentary that shows why I have such a big problem with the music industry today, but it’s not something I can easily explain or put my finger on.
If someone writes and plays music that comes from the heart and is personal, I respect that. If someone has very little creative input and sings or plays something because they want to be famous or make money, then I have no respect for that.
Sometimes I try to explain this and people will label me a snob or tell me I’m being close minded or whatever. I don’t care. Either you know what I mean and you dig, or you don’t.
The music I love the most, the lyrics are pure poetry. The guiar tears your heart open. The drums blow your fucking mind and make you jump. The bass reverberates through your entire body and humps your ear holes. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, RHCP, Fleetwood Mac, Brant Bjork, Elliott Smith, Frank Turner, I could list hundreds of examples.
The point is, I wanna make music like that. I don’t want to sound like them. I want to make people feel the same way that the records I listen to at home make me feel. And it’s gonna be a long process.
Right now I’d give anything to make it happen. I’ll work with anybody. I’ll give up my day job. I’ll starve. I’ll bleed. With every fibre of my being tells me this is what I need to do. This is what I need to do for me.
Who the fuck’s with me?