Above: Photo of Butch Vig in Madison's Smart Studios. Licensed by Creative Commons - Valdo Howell.
Butch Vig - Muscian, songwriter, record producer and remixer; born Bryan David "Butch" Vig on August 2, 1955 in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Best known as the drummer
and co-producer of the alternative rock band Garbage and the producer of diamond-selling album Nevermind by Nirvana.
Vig grew up in Viroqua playing the drums and being a participant in the Viroqua High School band. He then attended the University of Wisconsin where he met his eventual Garbage bandmate, Steve Marker. For much of his career he has been based in Madison, Wisconsin.
In his early career, Vig was a drummer in local bands Spooner and Fire Town, and then went on to set up his own recording studio, Smart Studios, with Fire Town bandmate Steve Marker. Vig's first high-profile production work at Smart Studios came in 1991 when he produced albums for two grunge bands, The Smashing Pumpkins' Gish and Nirvana's Nevermind.
After becoming well known as a producer, he formed and played drums with the alternative rock band, Garbage, that went on to sell 17 million records over a ten-year period.
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Above: Garbage performing live at the Manchester Academy during the 20th anniversary tour in 2015. Licensed by Creative Commons - Paul Anderson.
Nicknamed "the Nevermind Man", Vig was a record producer for grunge bands such as Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana, as well as the indi band Sonic Youth and the Madison, Wisconsin-formed rock band, Killdozer. Vig was also a founder and drummer for Garbage. His most recent band is Emperors of Wyoming formed with other Wisconsinites: Pete and Fran Anderson, and Phil Davis.