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Nirvana producer Steve Albini to visit Belfast for Output conference

By Gary Fennelly

Published 18/12/2015

Steve Albini has worked with Nirvana and The Pixies Above: Kurt Cobain
Steve Albini has worked with Nirvana and The Pixies Above: Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain and Nirvana play their first concert in the basement of Tony Poukkula's home in 1987

Nirvana producer Steve Albini is set to visit Belfast next year to take part in the Output music conference.

Albini is the keynote speaker at the event designed to inspire those working in the music industry.

Albini, who prefers to be known as a recording engineer, has also worked with The Pixies, Jarvis Cocker, Manic Street Preachers, PJ Harvey, The Stooges and many other bands.

It is estimated that he has engineered the recording of 1,500 albums.

Albini has said in the past that producers have often been responsible for destroying records and instead the role of recording engineer should be to solve problems.

He said: "I'm often asked about mixing records … 99 percent of mixing is moving the faders up and down until you find where it sounds good ... Not screwing with the sound, not dreaming up elaborate effects, not manipulating the sound … The great majority of what you do is solving problems."

Organised by Belfast City Council in partnership Generator NI, the conference will include panel discussions, music sessions, workshops and networking events as well as speeches from award-winning musicians and managers.

The conference is expected to be attended by around 350 local artists, businesses and students.

"The economic and cultural contribution and potential of the creative industries is widely acknowledged," said Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Chair of the council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee.

"The council’s is committed to supporting those working in the fields of film, music, digital media and design to achieve their true economic and creative potential. This unique one day event is designed to provide a high quality, internationally recognised conference and showcasing event that will help to underpin and accelerate the development of skills, networks and market opportunities for artists and businesses in Belfast’s burgeoning music industry sector," she added.

The conference takes place at The MAC on Thursday, February 18 2016. Registration is now open at

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