Steve Albini was the man behind the machine on so many of my favorite records. The first one I really noticed as the “Albini” sound was Don Caballero’s album Don Cab 2. The drums on that album sound incredible.
As a musician, it would be a dream to record an album with him.
As an engineer, I’ve learned a ton from reading his posts on forums, interviews in videos, etc.
This keynote has nothing to do with either, but has everything to do with the current state of the music industry, and how he feels about it.
I agree with much of what he is saying, and I am excited to be in the thick of it.
I first heard of Ikey through Long Beach Dub Allstars but was really introduced to him as a musician through The Mars Volta. His work on De-Loused in the Comatorium is incredible.
Around July of 2010 I received a booking email with this at the top.
 DEAD PREZ ($$$$)
 BEANIE SIGEL ($$$)
 JUNIOR REID ($$$)
 KEITH MURRAY ($$)
 CYMARSHALL LAW ($): door deal ok  FREE MORAL AGENTS (MARS VOLTA) w/ 2MEX ($)
 FAT JOE ($$$$$)
I immediately contacted the booking agent and started working on a show. It worked out and that show was the first time I got to meet Ikey and Free Moral Agents in person.
He was extremely polite and down to earth, we brought him a goodie bag and hung out.
Here is an interview we did with the band after the show.
The rest of FMA crew was just as awesome and their music and show was fantastic. Unfortunately they only came through town one more time after that, snatching up our good friends Odist and taking them across country on a tour and producing their final record, which I was also lucky enough to do some mixing and mastering on.
I kept in touch as he went into a ‘producer’ role and eventually playing with Jack White. Ikey invited us out to the first show in Atlanta with Jack White, at which he did not even play because Jack was also touring with an all female band. The guys and girls rotated nights.
Later that night we met up with him and took the crew to the Clermont Lounge for karaoke and had a wild late night.
Though we stayed in touch through phone and internet, that would ultimately be the last time I saw him.
Below is a live show from Low End Theory. I highly recommend digging up any FMA music and diving in. It’s all worth it.