“STEVE ALBINI: I’m not really interested in participating in mainstream culture. Participating in the mainstream music business is, to me, like getting involved in a racket. There’s no way you can get involved in a racket and not someway be filthied by it. You’re another catalog item, another name on the list of people who are collaborating with the enemy.”
Steve Albini is one of the most prolific music producer (or Record Engineer as he likes to be described) the world has come to know until today. He recorded albums with Nirvana, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Motorpshyco, The Breeders, Fugazi, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Jesus Lizard and some italian bands like Uzeda, Zu, 24 Grana. I remeber the time when in Senigallia at the Red House Studio many italian indie bands (Three Second Kiss, Manila Hemp) recorded with him.
If you are in a band or in a solo project or you are a producer or anyhow involved with music and still want to sign for a major label, please read carefully what Steve Albini has to tell you.
In this essay the almighty sound guru goes deeply through figures explaining why is better to stay independent, and I will add to release yourself your music. keeping control over it forever. This way it will take you longer to be worldwide known but you will know how the game works and will be solely responsible for your music and its exploitation.
If you are interested please go dig for the dispute between Steve and Sonic Youth when they signed for a major in 1990 (it was DGC).
One more thing about his ethics: Steve Albini doesn’t pretend future royalties on the records he produces, he just gets a daily flat fare and that’s it. can you imagine that in the contemporay fucked up music business? ehehehe… he’s the man!
Steve Albini is also a guitarist playing with Shellac, Rapeman, Big Black.
Filed under: economic, HC, indie, music business, 24 grana, Big Black, GSYBE, In Utero, major, Motorpshyco, music business, Nirvana, Pixies, Rapeman, Shellac, Sonic Youth, Steve Albini, The Breeders, Uzeda