Legendary songs and albums are not only the product of great minds – they are also influenced by the environment in which they are recorded. The recording studio Sound City has been the origin for a lot of classics in popular music. Many artists like Nirvana, Trent Reznor, Guns N’ Roses and Tom Petty have recorded some of their most iconic work there. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has directed a documentary about Sound City that is set to be released soon.
Dave Grohl’s first experience with the recording studio Sound City was coming there in 1991 with his bandmates Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic, set to record what would become “Nevermind”, Nirvana’s masterpiece that introduced grunge to a mainstream audience. Other legendary albums recorded in Sound City include Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ “Damn the Torpedoes”, Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”.
Grohl got the idea for making a documentary about the legendary studio last year when he bought the recording console that was the hub of Sound City. Built in 1972, the Neve console is considered by many to be the epitome of analogue music recording devices.
Grohl has interviewed between 150 and 200 musicians and other people related to the recording studio to be able to tell its story in all its rock and rolly details. Watch the trailer for “Sound City” to get a feel of the documentary and see some of the musicians sharing their experiences with the studio.
To accompany the film’s release, Grohl will also get together with his former bandmate Krist Novoselic and other musicians that have recorded music in Sound City to create a new soundtrack for his documentary. “Sound City” is set to be coming soon.