Butch Vig’s production credits read like the roll call at a meeting of platinum record recipients. He’s been the guiding force behind such albums as Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown, Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light––both Grammy winners––and Nirvana’s Nevermind, among many others. In 1994 he co-founded Garbage, a multiplatinum band that recently completed a European tour. Music Connection gets Vig’s take on a number of production issues in this exclusive Q&A.
MC: With Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown, how did you begin to guide the band?