Dave Grohl Vs. Skrillex: Dumbest Music Feud Ever?

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Skrillex at Verizon Wireless Theater, September 2011
Sometimes it's very easy for Rocks Off's brain to go on autopilot while checking our email in the morning. If we're not weeding out actual spam to delete, we're wincing at messages hyping music whose wretchedness practically leaps off the screen. (Someone you've never heard of touted as a "legend" is one red flag, for example.)

But this morning one such email made us raise an eyebrow. Titled "DAVE GROHL CLARIFIES HIS GRAMMY ACCEPTANCE SPEECH," it brought about two immediate reactions:

  • "I hate emails with all-cap headlines."
  • "I watched the Grammys. Why did Dave Grohl have to clarify his speech?"

It turns out that some supporters of Grohl's fellow Grammy winner, dubstep DJ Skrillex, are upset with the main Foo Fighter for saying, in short, that music made with guitars in a garage is superior to music composed using a laptop. Or something like that. Here's part of his actual speech Sunday:

To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what's important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that's the most important thing for people to do... It's not about being perfect, it's not about sounding absolutely correct, it's not about what goes on in a computer.

I know. Who cares, right? They're all winners. They all make way more money than Rocks Off, I tell you that much.

However, a few quick keystrokes led us to this delightful summary via jumptheturnstile.com, headlined "Dave Grohl Trying To Shit On The Whole Laptop Based Music Industry."

That seems a little harsh to us, especially the part about "no one wants to hear your dad give his 'When I was your age' speech."

Skrillex, for his part, doesn't seem nearly as upset as some of his supporters. His only comments about the Grammys seem to be limited to this handful of tweets:

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And the whole thing wasn't even that big of a deal until Grohl's publicists sent out his "clarification" email this morning. Now his "controversial" comments are all over the Internet today.

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He was in a screamo band. That is all.

Danielle Russell
Danielle Russell

 To Dave, I  loved your acceptance speech, you were absolutely correct in what you said, and that's what we love about the Foo Fighters, we WANT it to sound like you for goodness sake. otherwise we'd all be listening to junk tin cans.


Seems to me that Skrillex wasn't even aware there was a controversy. LOL.

I have mad respect for both artists. Dave just needs to realize that even though they work with different tools, they ARE both artists.

I never would have even heard of Skrillex, but my 12 year old son plays his stuff non-stop. He begged me to give it a listen, and I have to say, the boy's got skills. He might be making music with a computer, but it is still music, and pretty cool to boot.

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