Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters is an awesome musician and now he’s aiming to be an awesome film director. Grohl announced that his directorial debut in the feature documentary “Sound City” will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
“Sound City” documents the infamous recording studio in Van Nuys, California. Grohl came up with the idea for the documentary after purchasing the legendary 1972 Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. Grohl said he’s excited for the film’s premiere. The recording equipment is considered by many in the industry as being the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having been used by Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses, Fear, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, and countless other musical legends over the past 40 years. Grohl’s own connection to Sound City began in 1991 with the recording of Nirvana’s breakthrough album, “Nevermind.”
The film will focus on Sound City’s amazing history through interviews with artists and producers that created musical magic. The film will also focus on the albums recorded there that went on to change the musical landscape as well as the human element of music in today’s technological age. The film will also feature new music created exclusively for the film.
Grohl is excited for his film to premiere at Sundance. “As a first time director, I am humbled to be able to share my passion for songwriting and storytelling with this incredible cast of legendary musicians, as seen through the extraordinary story of America’s greatest unsung recording studio, Sound City,” he said. “Being included in this group of artists is a true honor, and the Sundance Film Festival is the perfect place to premiere a film about craft, integrity, and passion for art. I am over the moon!”
Credit: Elisa Moro (Creative Commons Flickr)