Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Foo Fighters Recording Grammy Winners in Encino and Northridge

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The Foo Fighters led by frontman Dave Grohl who rose to fame with Nirvana recently won an award at the 2012 Grammys for Best Rock Performance. During Dave Grohl's acceptance speech, he let the truth out and took a shot at the music industry.  However, he said one thing that I thought would interest San Fernando Valley fans.
This is a great honor because this record was a special record for our band...We made this one in my garage with some microphones and a tape machine. (skip to 1:30 to hear speech)


That garage he was referring to is his 4 Bed Encino home (shown above) which he purchased in 2003 for $2.2 million that was built in 1950. This home was also owned by the actor Doug McClure who is mostly known for appearing in the NBC western series The Virginian. He also owns a 4 Bedroom Sherman Oaks home that was purchased in 2001 shown below. Speaking of Encino and the Valley, Dave mentioned in a Spin Magazine interview from 2005 and here:
 "I grew up in suburban Virginia, and I'm no stranger to strip malls, but I love the Valley mostly because of the stigma. The Valley is not cool. I made a point of wearing an ENCINO T-shirt that I bought at the drugstore to the MTV Movie Awards, because I want Lindsay Lohan and fucking Hilary Duff to hate me because I live in Encino." Still, why choose to live in such an uncool place? Grohl shrugs. "There are some really good delis out here."
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In addition to recording at his home, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters also record their music in Northridge in a nondescript studio called Studio 606 West which is in a residential/industrial zone which I believe was built in 2004. Dave Grohl discusses how this site was chosen at FooArchive.com:
"Northridge is also the porn film capital of the world," says Grohl, trying to sound detached and informative, but succumbing to a big grin. "I looked at a lot of warehouses round here and thought, Do I want to record my album right where people have been taking it in the ass?"

In the end the answer was no. Grohl built his studio on a site on a residential street which has a macabre provenance all its own. It was, he says, the home of a woman whose stalker turned up one night and burned the place to the ground. The Foo Fighters bought the charred plot last spring with walls and foundations in place, and did much of the woodwork and decor themselves.

"You don't want to just write a cheque and say, OK, give me an Abbey Road," Grohl says, lovingly patting the wood trim of the studio control room. "You want to feel a part of it."

They've certainly made themselves at home: Studio 606 is a citadel to men and rock. Blokey trucks, SUVs and sports models line up in the car park. In the office is a ping-pong table and pinball machine. Brit model Kelly Brook offers up a bonanza of chesty delights from a calendar on the wall.
You can find pics of the interior here and here. You can see a 3 part video below of the interior and the guys hanging out. In part 2, Dave discusses how the video White Limo was filmed right outside the Studio in Northridge and you can see the mix of residential and industrial zones. I also included that video below (4th down).
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Also, on a separate and related note, Dave Grohl is currently working on a documentary of Sound City in Van Nuys which was where the Nirvana record, Nevermind, was recorded in 1991 in addition to other artists who recorded there. Cant wait to watch that film!  This all reminds me of the Rumbo Recorders Studio in Winnetka where the Guns N Roses Appetite for Destruction Album was recorded..

Next time you are in Northridge, just remember that Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters are probably making another Grammy winner (if not recording in the Encino garage).


Sound City - A film by Dave Grohl from Sound City on Vimeo.

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