Steve Albini  

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Steve Albini (born July 22, 1962, Pasadena, California) is an influential singer, songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer and music journalist. He was a member of Big Black and Rapeman and is still a member of Shellac. He is founder, owner, and engineer of Electrical Audio, a recording studio complex located in Chicago. Albini estimates that he has engineered the recording of 1,500 to 2,000 albums, mostly by rather obscure musicians. More prominent artists that Albini has worked with include Pixies, Nirvana, Whitehouse, Superchunk, PJ Harvey, Mono, 54-71, Om, Bush, Joanna Newsom, Nina Nastasia, Cheap Trick, Page and Plant, Neurosis, and The Stooges.


Additionally, he is famous (or notorious) in the indie world as an opinionated pundit on the music industry and on trends in indie music, beginning with his earliest writing for zines such as Matter and Forced Exposure, to his commentary on the poor ethics of big record labels, and how their practices filter through to the independent labels. He has been a strong supporter of labels who have tried to break the mold, especially Touch and Go Records, with whom all of his bands have released recordings. He is a supporter of analog recording over digital, as can be evidenced by a 1987 quote on the back cover of Big Black's Songs About Fucking: "The future belongs to the analog loyalists. Fuck digital."

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