Butch Vig Reveals What It Was Like Producing Nirvana's 'Nevermind'; Sonic Highways: Season 2?

March 16, 2016

In a recent documentary by "Smart Studios", music producer and Garbage drummer Butch Vig reveals that he had absolutely no clue what he was helping create when producing Nirvana's Nevermind.

Vig admits in the documentary that he was producing Nevermind, he "had no idea it was going to profoundly change my life. None of us had any idea. I think those sessions were fun because none of us had any expectations." Vig's attitude towards Hollywood made him skeptical over the idea that anyone would even want to make a film about it.

"Hollywood likes to have a narrative arc, and we didn't think that was there. Really, the story is more about a scene, a snapshot of time in the Midwest and how we started the studio and the bands that came in were very underground, very do it yourself. We were so far removed from the East Coast and West Coast we were left to our own devices, and slowly the bands that recorded there started to make some noise, which led to bands that exploded in the mainstream like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. The great thing [director Wendy Schneider] has down is put that all together into an interesting story."

Though Vig believes that he didn't know Nirvana's sessions would put his studio on the map, he does recall how Kurt Cobain's mood swings made for some lasting memories. "There were moments that were hard. Kurt would have intense mood swings and just shut down. He would just go sit in a corner and sipper into his own space. Krist Novoselic would say, 'He just goes into these moods and he'll come out in awhile.' So we'd find something to do for a couple hours, tweak the drums or work on bass sounds, and all of a sudden Kurt would pick up his guitar, 'Let's go.' He'd be back, fully engaged. I just had to gauge when the timing was right to go for takes."

Watch a clip from the documentary below:

Recently Vig has been busy working with former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters, though the band announced that they would be going on a "ihateus" (aka 'hiatus') for a little while. That also begs the question of "Will we see a Season 2 to HBO's docu-series 'Sonic Highways?'" According to Vig, he is "still waiting for word from [Dave] Grohl."

(source: UPROXX)

THE SMART STUDIOS STORY - Clip "Nevermind" from wendy schneider on Vimeo.