During his keynote speech at the recent Yellow Phone Music Conference, Butch Vig shared some stories about one of the famous albums he’s produced, Nirvana’s Nevermind.
“Some people don’t know this, but before they came in, they rehearsed every day for six months, like 10 hours a day,” Vig told the audience. “Kurt, contrary to the slacker attitude, wanted to have a hit record. He wanted to make a really good-sounding album. Part of the reason they rehearsed for 10 hours a day was they were living in a really floppy, sh***y apartment up in the northwest, and the rehearsal space had a space heater. So they would go in there and it would be warm and they would go in there and play until 10, 11 o’clock at night and then they’d go back to their apartment. But they were tight.”