Dave Grohl is directing and producing the forthcoming feature documentary Sound City, about the iconic recording studio in Van Nuys, California.
Grohl’s connection to Sound City began with the 1991 recording of Nirvana’s Nevermind. Grohl was, of course, the drummer on the album.
In a press statement, Grohl says: “Sound City is a film about America’s greatest unsung recording studio. Deep in California’s sun-burnt San Fernando Valley, it was the birthplace of legend. It was witness to history.”
Grohl says he conceived the movie after purchasing the Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios in 2011. That console, built in 1972, is regarded as a “crown jewel” of analog recording equipment and has been used for recording Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns N’ Roses, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica and many others.
Nirvana’s Grohl and Krist Novoselic, plus Nevermind producer Butch Vig, have recently been recording together – presumably for the Sound City movie.