Matt Johnson on Jeff Buckley
This video is one of the reasons why I love the internet. Grace is one of the most influential records that I've heard.
I first got shown it when I was 16. Garry Beers, the bass player from INXS had 2 daughters that were at the same school that I went to. Every year the school would have a competition between the 4 houses, and the winning house would get a day planned for them that would usually consist of jumping castles, pizza and this particular year, a live concert. I got a call from Garry asking if I'd play drums for it. I shat myself. One of the biggest pressure situations I've been in to this day is playing New Sensation with Garry, and praying that I'd get the stops right!
After the first rehearsal he gave me a lift home, and we were talking about music. He asked if I'd heard "Grace", and I told him I hadn't. He gave me his copy of the CD, along with a couple of other records to say thanks for doing the gig, and it all changed from there.
A lot of the early influences I went through haven't stood the test of time. I still have a lot of fondness for those early records. Metallica, Primus, D.I.G etc. But Grace is one of the few albums that have stood that test of time. It's in my top 5 of all time for sure, and if you told me I could only listen to 1 album for the rest of my life, this would probably be it.
There's always a sense of mystery surrounding the record. There's documentaries about it, and hell, people have talked a lot about the process, what it was like, where it was recorded, but I wanted to know about the drums! What was it like for Matt? What was the process? Where was his head at? Tonight that all got answered by this video.
This is one I'll be watching a bunch of times, and you should check it out too.