FooArchive Points of Interest – Annie Mac interview

As The Sky Is A Neighbourhood is her show’s ‘Hottest Record’ tonight, Annie Mac caught up with Dave on the phone in Hawaii.  Here are the points of interest:

  • The Sky Is A Neighbourhood was written while Dave was in Hawaii during the 2 week break beetween recording and mixing the album.  Inspiration came as he star-gazed one evening.

“Not only do we need to figure out how to co-exist here on this planet but just as life that’s in the universe we all need to find our place.   When you look up at the night sky you shouldn’t feel removed from it, you should feel a part of it.

  • Dave looked back on Foo Fighters headline slot at Glastonbury.

“I just had fun. It turned into one of those gigs where we didn’t want to get off the stage because the energy was so right. It was great. We had a blast. “

  •  Foo Fighters kick off Live Lounge Month on September 1st so Annie asked if they’ve decided on their cover song yet.

    “I think we do. We’ve been talking about a few different things but it just comes down to everybody getting together and figuring out which one sounds right. We’ll get there. We don’t plan ahead too much, we honestly don’t, like, if something feels right we just do it.”

You can listen back to the show here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b091vgkl (the phone call is approximately 30mins in)

FooArchive Points of Interest – Music Week interview

The latest issue of the music industry publication Music Week hit shelves today carrying a Foo Fighters cover story.

Here are some points of interest:

  • Looking back at Foo Fighters recording history, Dave has mixed feelings about Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.

    “We were using Pro Tools and did lengthy pre-production and really put everything under a microscope, more so than I think we ever had. In some cases, it killed songs. There were songs that never made it to the record because we spent too much time on it.”

  • The record features multiple guests but according to Dave that wasn’t the original plan:

    “We didn’t go into the album thinking there would be any collaborations, but in our studio it’s like a swarm of creativity.”

  • The guest vocals from Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman shaped the rest of the album:

    “It’s the biggest thing the Foo Fighters have ever recorded. Sonically, it’s so fucking big. It blew our mind. That was, I think, maybe the fourth song recorded. He left the room and I said, ‘The rest of the fucking record has to sound like this!’.”

Also, in the magazine you can read Greg Kurstin’s views on taking on the project, Foo Fighters UK touring team look back on 20 years of gigging and there’s a suggestion 2018 could bring innovative “experiential events”.

Music Week is in shops from today (July 18th) priced £5.50.