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#Music Industry Inspired: Steve Albini (RIP)
May 15, 2024 in Music

At RIOT, music isn’t just in our bones; it’s the heartbeat of our creativity. From our early days in bands, producing records, to running zines, we’ve always pushed musical boundaries in the creative world. One legendary musical figure who embodies this spirit is the late Steve Albini, a legendary musician, music producer and audio engineer who died last week. This week, we re-discovered an inspiring letter he wrote to Nirvana in 1992, just before working on their iconic album, and our personal favorite “In Utero.” Albini’s Unfiltered Philosophy And His Candid Take on the Music Industry Albini’s letter, featured in Shaun Usher’s Letters of Note Substack, offers an unfiltered glimpse into his creative philosophy. Addressed to Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic, the letter is brutally honest and deeply insightful. At a time when Nirvana was at the height of their popularity, Albini’s candid advice must have been a breath of fresh air for the band amidst industry pressures. In his letter, Albini refers to industry executives as “front office bullet-heads” and cautions Nirvana against letting them interfere with their music. He emphasizes the importance of the band’s mood during recording, stating, “I have seen a direct correlation between […]

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