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Legendary rock producer Steve Albini dies unexpectedly at 61-Brooke Ivey Johnson-Entertainment – Metro

His death comes as a shock to friends and fans.

Legendary rock producer Steve Albini dies unexpectedly at 61-Brooke Ivey Johnson-Entertainment – Metro

Steve Albini died suddenly of a heart attack (Picture: Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

Revered producer and musician Steve Albini has died suddenly from a heart attack at 61 years old.

His death was confirmed by the staff at the music icon’s recording studio, Electrical Audio in Chicago, which he founded in 1997.

Known for his profound influence on indie rock both on stage and behind the mixing desk, Albini is remembered as one of the most important figures in the history of the American underground rock genre.

He fronted influential bands such as Shellac and Big Black, carving out a niche for raw and uncompromising soundscapes that resonated with a generation.

Albini was even more well known as a titan in the recording studio.

Despite his preference for the title of ‘engineer’ rather than ‘producer,’ his hands shaped the sound of seminal albums like Nirvana’s In Utero, Pixies’ Surfer Rosa, and PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me.

Albini was also known as a member of the bands Shellac and Big Black (Picture: Getty Images)

Albini was nothing if not prolific. He told The Guardian: ‘I’ve made a couple thousand records for independent bands and rock stars, for big labels and small ones.’

Despite his enormous success, Albini always identified as a member of the underground scene, not the mainstream.

He said: ‘That’s where I cut my teeth, in that independent scene full of punks and noise freaks and drag queens and experimental composers and jabbering street poets. You can thank punk rock for all of that.’

His work touched hundreds of other influential recordings, making his sonic footprint unmistakable in the music industry.

Albini was critical of the music industry throughout his career (Picture: Jim Bennett/WireImage)

Albini also remained a fervent advocate against the exploitative tendencies of the music business throughout his career.

He called the music industry as a whole: ‘An exploitative system that I have been at odds with my whole creative life.’

His ethos and integrity influenced not only the technical aspects of music production but also its ethical standards, earning him the respect and admiration of countless artists and professionals in the industry.

But that doesn’t mean his career was without controversy. The Montana-raised musician often wielded shock value in his work, naming bands things like Rapeman and Run N***er Run.

Albini founded the recording studio Electrical Audio in 1997 (Picture: Shutterstock)

While he always claimed these and other controversial instances were intentionally provocative and meant to be taken with irony, he later apologised.

He wrote on X in 2021: ‘A lot of things I said and did from an ignorant position of comfort and privilege are clearly awful and I regret them. It’s nobody’s obligation to overlook that, and I do feel an obligation to redeem myself.’

He continued: ‘If anything, we were trying to underscore the banality, the everyday nonchalance toward our common history with the atrocious, all while laboring under the tacit *mistaken* notion that things were getting better.

‘I’m overdue for a conversation about my role in inspiring ‘edgelord’ sh**. Believe me, I’ve met my share of punishers at gigs and I sympathize with anybody who isn’t me but still had to suffer them.’

At the time of his passing, Albini was actively involved with Shellac, which was gearing up to tour in support of their first album in ten years, To All Trains, which is set for release next week.

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