I always told myself as a teenager that by my 25th birthday I’d give myself a painted self portrait (omit narcissist comment). The deadline is a month and a half away, and I’m not even close to being on point. In high school I use to literally sketch every single day….now my skills are completely gone :’( My proportions could be sharper, not to mention my shading game is PATHETIC! Dammit, remind me again why I pursued an academic career instead of just moving to Paris at 17yrs old and being a street artist!
On the upside, it was fun working with charcoal again, even if it was just used for the background. I only used a 6B graphite for the sketching. Next I’ll probably do the same portrait in conté. I doubt I’ll get to the oils at this rate. Maybe at the end I’ll create a “Parabizz Officially Sucks At Art” Series for the world to laugh at.
Foo Fighters’ front-man Dave Grohl sat down with Sam Jones this past summer, to discuss the documentary he directed and produced, Sound City. The film touches on the interesting relationship between record studios and artists, and how it is impossible for one to survive or flourish without the other. The birth of this documentary has been added to the list of Grohl’s continued versatility. In 1990, Grohl joined Nirvana as their sixth and final (and undeniably greatest) drummer, in which he played on their greatest masterpieces Nevermind, and In Utero.He founded the 12-time Grammy Award winning band the Foo Fighters, in which he became lead guitarist, lead vocalist, and lead song writer.
Sound City is Grohl’s first time creating a film, and he describes his approach to the filming process as one similar to that of his approach to music. In both situations, he was unfamiliar with the dynamics of both environments, but was still able to achieve ample success. In his illustration of becoming a musician, he talks about learning drums on his own by sitting on his bed listening to Rush and punk rock records. He learned to play the guitar without the ability to read music, or reiterate a chord. Grohl developed his own system, reading the instruments he played as symbols, feeling it out through trial and error. Similarly with his first leadership role in the film world, he was unfamiliar with any film terminology or equipment, but dove into it with the same passion and creative drive as he did with music. The manner in which he approaches these situations stems from his refusal to conform to society’s expectations of livelihood; music was what he felt, therefore it was what he did. Education for Grohl was perceived as an outlet to develop skills in order to learn new concepts, as oppose to retaining information as the stigma continually associates.
One of the many interesting parts about this interview was when both Sam and Dave discuss the authenticity of art, and what criteria constitutes an aesthetic artist. Grohl compares listening to Ace of Base’s TheSign, a 90’s pop classic, to Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir, and how he could listen to the latter a million times and always find something new about the song, whereas that doesn’t necessarily happen with the former. He alludes this statement to the old school manner in which the band Led Zeppelin played organically; emphasis is placed on creating the music, as oppose to making a hit single. Essentially, the question posed was: Can you call it art if you’re making it for someone else’s amusement? Interesting to ponder, what are your thoughts after watching the interview?
Grohl continues to touch on his favourite records, Freddie Mercury, the dynamics while he was in Nirvana and the misconceptions of the band, and more. It’s impossible not to fall further deeply in love with Dave Grohl as he confidently expresses his honest, organic beliefs in both lifestyle and music.