AMI meets Steve Albini: The studio icon talks formative years, Nirvana and the state of the industry

Audio Media International is honoured to present the first in a new series of video interviews with some of the most influential and inspiring producers, DJs, engineers and artists on the planet, kicking off with legendary Nirvana, Pixies and PJ Harvey producer, Steve Albini.

Having worked with some of the biggest names in alternative rock, Albini is one of the most revered producers – or engineers, as her prefers – in the genre. His uncompromising approach to capturing authentic representations of the hundreds of artists he has worked with over the years is the stuff of legend. As such, his records in the late ’80s and early ‘90s with the likes of Pixies, The Breeders, and, most famously Nirvana set the blueprint for how to make a simple, no frills set up sound just as powerful as anything produced in a big budget studio.

As part of our new Showcase video series, supported by TileYard London, AMI sits down with Albini to take an in-depth look at the formative experiences that shaped his approach to recording, his views on today’s industry and what exactly went on between himself, the band and the record label during the notoriously fractious recording of Nirvana’s In Utero