VIC FIRTH ARTIST
Vic Firth artist Butch Vig is best known internationally as the drummer of the Madison, Wisconsin-based alternative rock band Garbage and the producer of the diamond-selling album Nevermind by Nirvana.
A native of Wisconsin, Vig studied at the University of Wisconsin, forming the local band Spooner with future members of Garbage. After college, Butch opened a recording studio in Madison called Smart Studios. A rather unassuming looking building on a Madison, WI street corner, Smart Studios would be the birthplace of Nirvana's Nevermind and the Smashing Pumpkins' debut album, Gish.
In the mid-nineties, remix work with friends Duke Erikson and Steve Marker would lead to the formation of Garbage, selling 17 million records over a ten-year period. After a massively successful and busy decade, Garbage would take a seven-year hiatus, allowing Butch to return to his role as a producer full-time.
Garbage returned to the scene in 2012 with a new album entitled Not Your Kind of People.
In 2012 Butch Vig ranked number nine in NME's Top 50 Greatest Producers Ever.
|BUTCH'S TOOLS OF THE TRADE:|
|American Classic® 5A
Tear drop tip for rich cymbal sounds. Light and fast for jazz orchestral and pit work.
L = 16" | Dia. = .565" [enlarge photo]
|American Classic® 55A
Combines the dimensions of a 5A and 5B. A great choice when a 5B is just a little more stick than required.
L = 16" | Dia. = .580" [enlarge photo]
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From Drummer to Producer
Butch talks about his drumming influences growing up and sheds light on how his experience as a drummer affects his approach to producing records.
Early Successes as a Producer
Working with bands like Killdozer paves the way for projects with Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana. Butch shares stories from the Nevermind sessions.
Butch's early remixing work for bands such as Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and U2 paves the way for an exciting new project.
Butch talks about the Not Your Kind Of People sessions, what it's like to produce his own band, and how he prepared to climb back onto the drum throne.
Wasting Light Sessions
This Foo Fighters' album was recorded entirely to tape. In the words of Dave Grohl, "We couldn't have done it without the best producer in the world, Butch Vig."