Steve Marker

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Steve Marker
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Steve Marker performing live in 2005
Background information
Born (1959-03-16) March 16, 1959 (age 55)
Origin Mamaroneck, New York, U.S.
Genres Rock, alternative rock, electronic rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer, remixer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1978–present
Labels Geffen Records,
A&E Records
Associated acts Garbage

Steve Marker (born March 16, 1959) is an American musician and record producer, best known internationally as the guitarist of the Madison, Wisconsin-based alternative rock band Garbage.[1]

Early life[edit]

Steven W. Marker was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 16, 1959.[citation needed] He spent most of his childhood and his teens in Mamaroneck, New York.[citation needed] At the age of 6, his parents bought him drums; but, at 12, he shifted instruments and took up the guitar.[citation needed] He graduated from Rye Neck High School in Mamaroneck.[citation needed]

For higher education, Marker attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison for a degree in film. There, he met Butch Vig, who played with the band Spooner.[2] In 1979 the group was trying to figure out how to record a 7-inch single and Marker had grew an interest in musical producing, he bought a four-track reel-to-reel deck, which complemented by Vig's microphones became a home studio in Marker's basement. Marker and Vig also started a small label, Boat Records, to release records of both Spooner and other bands they liked.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Marker co-founded Madison's Smart Studios with Butch Vig in 1983, and maintained a production career engineering and mixing records until he formed Garbage with Vig and Vig's bandmate in Spooner, Duke Erikson, in 1994.[2] He famously spotted Angelfish singer Shirley Manson's music video on MTV, which led to her joining the group, as Marker felt that Manson differed from the high pitched and screechy female singers of the 1990s and "was more like the voices that we loved growing up, which was more Patti Smith and Chrissie Hynde -- sort of that classic pop sound -- maybe Dusty Springfield."[3]

Marker stated that his musical style is not influenced by "the guys that played twenty minute solos", stating he always preferred "guitar parts that sort of work melodically more in a Beatles sense", with artists such as Tom Petty, Keith Richards, The Pretenders and Robert Fripp. Marker considered that his background as a producer helped develop a type of playing where "you're not there to show off, to show how brilliant you are or draw attention to yourself. You're there to make the song work in whatever way is necessary", stating that the guitar "is there to serve the song"[3]

Personal life[edit]

He is from Mamaroneck, New York, is married, and has a daughter named Ruby (born March 2000). After living for 25 years in Madison, following's Garbage hiatus in 2005, Marker relocated to Carbondale, Colorado with his family.[3]

Discography[edit]

Garbage[edit]

Main article: Garbage discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums and EPs

Production career[edit]

Steve Marker served as the record producer, or co-producer on the following records:

  • 1984: Killdozer - Intellectuals Are the Shoeshine Boys of the Ruling Elite
  • 1985: Killdozer - Snakeboy
  • 1992: Gumball - Wisconsin Hayride
  • 1993: The Heart Throbs - Vertical Smile
  • 1995: Garbage - Garbage
  • 1998: Garbage - Version 2.0
  • 2001: Garbage - Beautiful Garbage
  • 2005: Garbage - Bleed Like Me

He also engineered the following records:

  • 1987: Tar Babies - Fried Milk
  • 1989: Killdozer - Twelve Point Buck
  • 1990: Poopshovel - I Came, I Saw, I Had A Hotdog
  • 1992: L7 - Bricks Are Heavy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Garbage: Behind The Music". Behind The Music. 2002-03-31.
  2. ^ a b Buskin, Richard (March 1997). "BUTCH VIG: Nevermind The Garbage". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  3. ^ a b c d Steve Marker of Garbage on his approach to production and the joys of living in Colorado
  4. ^ Punks: A Guide to an American Subculture. Sharon M. Hannon. p. 115

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