"Butch was one of the first producers to come out of the underground that really wanted to turn your noisy garage band into something that the whole world would love."
-- Dave Grohl
Butch Vig is best known as the producer of albums like Nirvana's Nevermind, Smashing Pumpkins' Gish and Siamese Dream, Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown, and Foo Fighters' Wasting Light. He's also the drummer for Garbage.
He started a studio in Madison, Wisconsin with his friend and future Garbage bandmate, Steve Marker. Smart Studios opened in 1983.
Smart Studios played a substantial role in the Madison music scene and had a major impact on alternative rock music over the past three decades.
A filmmaker named Wendy Schneider is attempting to make a documentary about Smart Studio. She's scored interviews with Vig, Billy Corgan, Dave Grohl, and many others. Now, she's looking for some help.
Schneider launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $120,000 to help get the film made. She's already raised $25,000.
The trailer for the film displays the importance of Smart Studios. It notes Madison band, Killdozer.
Killdozer recorded several albums at Smart Studios in the 1980s. Their 1989 album, Twelve Point Buck, got the attention of struggling musicians, Kurt Cobain and Billy Corgan.
In 1990, Cobain and Nirvana recorded a demo at Smart Studios. After signing with a major label, Nirvana brought Vig to California's Sound City Studios to record Nevermind. Grohl produced a documentary on that studio in 2013.
Corgan brought his band, the Smashing Pumpkins, to Smart Studios, also. They recorded Gish in late 1990 through early 1991 with Vig.