Greg Kurstin and Dave Grohl Set for One-on-One at ASCAP Experience

Greg Kurstin photographed at his studio in Los Angeles.
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Greg Kurstin photographed at his studio in Los Angeles. 

The 2021 ASCAP Experience will kick off next week with a heavyweight one-on-one featuring Greg Kurstin and Dave Grohl.

Hitmaker Kurstin and Grohl, the Hall of Fame inducted Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman, will open proceedings with a virtual conversation, starting Wednesday, May 12 from 3pm ET.

Expect the two friends and collaborators to rattle off tales on songwriting, inspiration, their big breaks and more.

As a songwriter and producer, Kurstin is at the very top of his game. His trophy cabinet includes eight Grammy Awards, including back-to-back producer of the year honors.

In 2017, he scooped four Grammys including album, song, and record of the year for his work with Adele on 25. Kurstin has also worked his studio magic on records for the Foos (including their latest chart-topping LP Medicine at Midnight), Paul McCartney, P!nk, Sia, Beck and many others. Across his career, he has worked on records that have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide.

The Q&A will follow the presentation of the ASCAP Golden Note Award, bestowed to songwriters, composers and artists who’ve achieved extraordinary career milestones. This year Kurstin is the recipient, joining previous honorees including Blondie, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Trent Reznor, Alicia Keys, and the late Tom Petty. ASCAP president Paul Williams and Beck will present the award to Kurstin.

Due to the health crisis, ASCAP’s flagship event last year flipped for the first time to a virtual event, which boasted 10,000 registrants from 120 countries and included over 38 panels, organizers say.

After this year's opener, sessions will continue twice a month on Wednesdays through the end of 2021 and will drill into such topics as “Roadmap to a Release,” “Deconstruction of a Song” and “What They Don’t Teach You in Music School,” “Sync 101,” and much more.

The virtual sessions are free and will be hosted on several platforms, including YouTube, Instagram and on the ASCAP Experience website. Further details on programming will be unveiled in due course.