Sound City Behind the Scenes: Mantra – Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, Trent Reznor

Music created for the film, Sound City.
From the album Sound City – Real to Reel.
Available from iTunes




Dave Grohl’s Sound City Film Sure to Be Real to Real


I am so pumped for Dave Grohl’s new documentary about legendary studio Sound City in Van Nuys, CA to be released Feb. 1. The amount of people appearing in the doc is pretty sick ( and will have any music buff salivating. Grohl actually purchased the custom Neve 8028 Console from Studio A, in order to install the board at his private recording studio. Just to name some famous moments that came out of Sound City: Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Nirvana’s Nevermind, and Metallica’s Death Magnetic. Tom Petty, Charles Manson (yea- that Charles Manson), Foreigner, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Joe Cocker are some of the other artists who have pumped out legendary tunes there. If the walls could talk!

Here is part of Dave’s message when you purchase the film, “I started this project a little over a year ago with ONE of my good old friends (Jim Rota from the band Fireball Ministry). That’s right….just me, my drinking buddy, and a crazy idea that we should tell the story of a studio we had loved hanging around for years, and our heartbreak to see it close. It soon blossomed into something truly epic! I don’t think either of us ever imagined our little project would become what it is now. Like all the best things in life, it just…….happened.

From day one, it was the most incredible experience of my life. I swear. Sitting down with Neil Young talking about recording guitars, John Fogerty telling me about the day he decided to become a musician, Stevie Nicks telling me the story of how she joined Fleetwood Mac, Trent Reznor schooling me on the world of computers and digital technology, etc etc etc…..can you imagine? All I had to do was listen…I am the luckiest man on earth.

And, being a completely independent film, no one told us how or what to do! Me and my crew of under 20 people did it OUR way. It was like a keg party with a camera. WE got to tell the story of a place we all held so dear. WE wanted to do it justice. And I think we did.

But, SOUND CITY is only part of the story…..

What is it that happens when 4 people turn on, plug in, and really play that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up? What is it about those moments when you hear something and it immediately puts its hooks in you, and you feel…..understood? What is it that will inspire the next generation of kids wanna do what I did when I was a little punk growing up in Springfield, Virginia? That feeling like, “Wait……I can do this too…..”

That’s what I’m talking about. That human connection. That human feel. That human sound…that isn’t perfect…but it’s sooooo good.

I really feel like SOUND CITY is my life’s most important work. I hope you do too.

Psyched that you get to see it! Show it to your friends! Get together, start a band, sound like shit, and change the world. GO!”

Sound City Theaters
the first round of theaters have been announced…some of these are ONE NIGHT ONLY.

The Soundtrack: SOUND CITY – REAL TO REAL, the album, features Grohl enlisting the musical legends who recorded at Sound City–and then some (hello, Paul McCartney!) to demonstrate the human element of creating and recording music, teaming up to write and record brand new original songs on the spot.