Dave Grohl has attempted to inspire the next generation of musicians during his keynote speech for the 2013 South By Southwest festival.
“There is no right or wrong,” he told a packed room inside Austin’s convention centre. “There is only your voice, your voice screaming through an old recording console, singing from a laptop, echoing from a street corner, a cello, a turntable, a guitar.”
“It doesn’t matter. What matters most is that it’s your voice. Cherish it. Respect it. Nurture it. Challenge it. Stretch it. Scream it until its gone. Because everyone’s blessed with at least that. Who knows how long it will last?”
“Independence as a musician has been blessed by the advancement of technology. Making it easier for any inspired young musician to start their own band, write their own song, record their own record, book their own shows.”
The annual South By Southwest festival continues into the weekend, with countless gigs and showcases held throughout downtown Austin and beyond.