Krist Novoselic of Nirvana tells us what inspired an iconic sound

Photo of Krist Novoselic at the Dropbox Studio

How does it feel to collaborate with your heroes? How do musicians work together to make songs that create a new genre and define a generation? At this year’s South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, we sat down with Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic at the Dropbox Studio to find out how groups with diverse points of view can work together to find common ground and create something that changes the world.

In this clip, Krist recalls how the band combined their punk rock sensibilities with an alternative worldview—but never disavowed the classic rock records they loved.

Krist has had a lot of experience encouraging people with different opinions to come together to reach their goals.”You have to have common ground in a band,” he said. “It’s a relationship. And so, in any good relationship, you’ve gotta get something out of it when you put things into it, if it’s a marriage, or a friendship, or being part of a group, or a community club.”

That ethos has continued in his work as a board chair of FairVote.org and his recent musical collaborations. Here, Krist talks about what it was like to record the Grammy Award-winning song, “Cut Me Some Slack,” with Nirvana bandmates and another famous left-handed guitarist.

Stay tuned for more creative insights from the SXSW Dropbox Studio. And follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to catch behind-the-scenes looks at our interviews with Cindy Wilson of the B-52s, ROZES, Dubfire, Bridgit Mendler, and more.

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