The letter in which producer Steve Albini
to record "In Utero
" with him has appeared online.The band favoured Albini for his work with major underground artists at the time, including Jesus Lizard
.But his work on the album went on to prove controversial, with both Kurt Cobain
and label heads disagreeing with the final sound of Albini's mix, resulting in a remix which was released to the public at the time.In the letter, Albini famously refuses to take royalties on records he produces, instead insisting on a flat rate of pay like a plumber. "I think paying a royalty to a producer or engineer is ethically indefensible,"
he writes. "The band write the songs. The band play the music. It's the band's fans who buy the record. The band is responsible for whether it's a great record or a horrible record. Royalties belong to the band."
See the letter in full here - it's an interesting read.Letter segment #1:
Before Steve Albini produced Nirvana's "In Utero," he wrote them a letter outlining his vision.Letter segment #2:
Albini is renowned for his lo-fi approach to recording. He pretty much just puts microphones in front of speakers.Letter segment #3:
He is also famed for his integrity.Letter segment #4:
Seriously, it's like he's actively trying to get them to pay him less.The photo is the courtesy of Jason Allen/Lab Productions.