Remember when you were a kid and you had to write those broad essays about what America meant to you in 100 words, or were asked to define freedom, or something else lame like that. I find the same difficulty in summing up Steve Albini in a short introduction to a news piece. His influence as both a musician and a “recording engineer” cannot really be summed-up, but if I was forced to, I guess the letters D.I.Y. would be the best.
But some things even Albini cannot completely control, as the years of forgoing royalties and offering bargain recording sessions for struggling bands has caught up to the artist, and it is up to us to help. Or just you guys; I’m super broke!
But anyway, the Chicago studio that Albini founded and works in, Electrical Audio, is more than $200,000 behind on their mortgage and friend Tim Midgett has launched a campaign to keep Albini working and the studio under his control. What does Midgett want? Ideally, 2,000 people giving $115 dollars each. And, what do you know after a mere single day, $15,000 dollars has been raised. Pretty impressive, and you’d think that the hundreds of artists he has worked with would be down to help the generous studio-rat out (via Tiny Mix Tapes). If you can, click here to help.