Episode #37 – Nirvana, The Grunge Movement, And Getting Back To The Music

In this episode, Graham shares some insights about a recent trip to a Nirvana exhibit (it’s cooler than it sounds), and in the Quick Tip, you’ll learn how to make your bass guitar POP in the mix without any plugins.

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8 thoughts on “Episode #37 – Nirvana, The Grunge Movement, And Getting Back To The Music”

    1. Great show!!! We get so rapped up into the plugins and equipment now. My first recorder was a reel to reel. I am so thankful for today’s technology, but miss the simplicity of my 4 track. HIT PLAY and Write. We need to get back to basics some time.
      Look forward to the next show.

  1. Some of us still have the same philosophy about “breaking free from the norm”, and making music for the sake of making music. 🙂 In fact, that has always been my “S.O.P”. Probably why I am running a studio for a living instead of touring the world.

  2. I just found some tapes of songs I did two or three decades ago, when I was bouncing tracks between two reel to reel tape recorders. I have a good computer recording setup now and it was interesting to compare the tapes from then to my recordings now. And you know what? They both suck! In both eras, my songwriting is lousy. Sad that it took so long to figure that out.

  3. This was a great ep guys! Focus on the song! Has to be the highest priority.

    That MJ Beat It 4 track demo! Wow! So cool to hear!

    I had to check out Sound City after this ep. What an awesome documentary! I really wanted to see how they included Graham’s youtube video though!
    (Thankfully your video wasn’t noticeably trashed Graham)
    Even though this doco was largely about analogue gear being the penultimate (which we all now know is a fallacy), this was a really inspiring documentary. It was mostly focussed on some amazing rock history and making music magic in the moment and the connection between musicians!

    In stark contrast, the other documentary “Cobain: Montage of Heck”, apart from being dark (to be expected, of course), was mostly perpetuating more myths than speaking actual truths about how ‘Nevermind’ was actually made and music in general is made. What I mean is that it venerates this fatuous notion of (being a slacker and then) suddenly ‘being discovered’ and becoming mega famous. We know through interviews with Butch Vig etc that Nirvana did 6 months of daily preproduction rehearsals so they were super tight before recording Nevermind. Plus watching the film made me feel literally sick because of all the ‘shaky’ cam footage, so if you get motion sickness don’t see it in a cinema like I did without taking seasick tablets! Not saying it was all bad, the animation stuff was great, but I give it a general thumbs down.

    Sound City was engaging & inspiring though. Big thumbs up!

    Thanks again guys!

  4. Thanks guys!

    This podcast couldn’t have come at a better time.

    I love working on music, always have going back to the days of putting parts into a 2 tape deck radio. They sounded like crap but that wasn’t the point…

    Now I put the time in every day. I get up at 4 am to get time in before work. I got a whiteboard to organize all my projects. I love Dueling Mixes, can’t wait for new tracks. I love working on my own music, this is true, but not like the days when I was care free and just playing. I obsess about every detail now to the point where it is crippling! This is my passion, I am losing sight of the point if it riddles me with anxiety! I was getting frustrated to the point where I wondered if I should even continue…

    I just came off of a 7 day studio detox. I didn’t open Pro Tools. I didn’t work on the Dueling Mixes session. I didn’t even pick up a guitar to tune it. I did, however, listen to a lot of inspiring music, not to pick it apart but to appreciate it. This is the best thing I have done for my musical aspirations in a long time.

    This morning I ended the studio fast. I played the keys a little, then picked up the guitar, and wrote the most simple and heart felt song I have ever written. I have never been more inspired. I’m so excited to get this song to completion and not to finish another project and move forward, but because I love the simplicity and I love the emotion that I have conveyed in this song, two things that were impossible for me while I was scrutinizing all the details to an insane degree.

    I whole heartedly suggest a break for anyone that is feeling frustrated lately. You won’t fall behind, it could help you recenter yourself and realize again why you are doing this in the first place.

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