I vaguely remember hearing about this letter, penned when Nirvana were preparing to hire a producer for what became their last studio album, In Utero. I never expected I’d get to actually read it. It doesn’t disappoint. It’s just brilliant. Inspiring. A lot of the values and scenarios Steve Albini covers here apply to other aspects of work and life. Here’s a very short quote, but you must read it all:
I like to leave room for accidents and chaos. Making a seamless record, where every note and syllable is in place and every bass drum beat is in identical is no trick. Any idiot with the patience and the budget to allow such foolishness can do it. I prefer to work on records that aspire to greater things, like originality, personality and enthusiasm.