Steve Albini is a zine writer, record producer, and musician. A native of Missoula, Montana, Albini began penning columns and reviews in the early 1980's. His writings have appeared in Matter, Forced Exposure, The Baffler, Tape Op, and Maximum Rock N Roll. His essay "The Problem With Music" (an attack on the major labels) is widely reprinted.
Steve Albini is best known as a record producer (he prefers the term "recording engineer"), and is credited with recording 2,000 records and CDs. He is the owner and founder of the Electrical Audio recording studio in Chicago.
Albini continues to work with unknown underground musicians, as well as big name acts like The Stooges and Cheap Trick.
Steve Albini is the lead singer and guitarist for Shellac, and is the former front man of the pioneering industrial / noise band Big Black.