Steve Albini, famed underground producer who worked with Nirvana and Foo Fighters, dead at 61

Steve Albini was 61 years old.
Steve Albini was 61 years old.

Steve Albini, the famed record producer and musician who worked with storied rock groups such as Nirvana, Pixies, The Jesus Lizard and others, has died at 61 of a heart attack, according to reports.

Staffers from his recording studio, Electric Audio, confirmed the rocker’s death to Pitchfork.

Steve Albini was 61 years old. Redferns
Steve Albini was 61 years old. Redferns

Albini is best known for producing Nirvana’s 1993 cult-classic album In Utero, in which he helped craft the record’s abrasive and metallic tones.

He is also credited as a pioneer who brought 80s indie outfits like Pixies to the mainstream, leading the way for other underground acts’ success.

More recently, the Chicago-based icon produced Foo Fighter’s “Something From Nothing” in 2014.

During Albini’s decade career, he engineered multiple underground classics, including The Jesus Lizard’s Goat, PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me, Jawbreaker’s 24 Hour Revenge Therapy and dozens more.

In addition to his production work, Albini was the guitarist and frontman for Shellac — who are set to release To All Trains, their first album in a decade — next week.

Albini began his professional music career in 1981 when he founded the often-confrontational punk group Big Black, an aggressive act famous for their industrial use of drum machines and icy guitar riffs.

Albin performing during a 2012 show. Redferns
Albin performing during a 2012 show. Redferns

In his final years, the performer criticized exploitative music industry practices, according to Pitchfork.

Celebrities across the internet shared their condolences after the rocker’s death.

“Ugh man, a heartbreaking loss of a legend. Love to his family and innumerable colleagues.
Farewell, Steve Albini,” actor Elijah Wood wrote on X.

“He engineered some of the greatest albums of all time,” Marc Maron posted.