Nirvana producer explains how George Martin influenced Kurt Cobain on ‘Nevermind’

Butch Vig had to convince Cobain into double tracking his vocals using Beatles producer's techniques

A host of producers have paid tribute to George Martin, including Nirvana producer Butch Vig who explained how the late producers techniques helped the band make ‘Nevermind’.

As reported, Martin passed away on Tuesday night. His family confirmed the news and asked for privacy at the current time.

The Guardian has gathered tributes to Martin from a number of modern day producers, including Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth and Nigel Godrich. Butch Vig, also a member of Garbage and the man who produced Nirvana’s 1991 breakthrough album ‘Nevermind’, said that Martin was “the most important producer in the history of rock’n’roll” and told an anecdote about his time in the studio with Kurt Cobain.


“I can’t tell you how many bands I have worked with who would bring up Martin’s production techniques,” he said. “There was a point where I wanted Kurt Cobain to double-track his vocals on a song when we were recording Nevermind, and he was reluctant to do so because he thought it sounded too fake and I said: ‘Well, John Lennon double-tracked his vocals.’ And as soon as I said that, Kurt said: ‘OK.’ He pretty much double-tracked all the vocals after that.”

Paul McCartney led the tributes to Martin and said that he is “so sad” to hear of Martin’s passing. He declared that “If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George.”

McCartney’s tribute arrives following similar statements from Ringo Starr and musicians including Mark Ronson, Liam Gallagher and Nigel Godrich.