Above: Photo of Steve Marker performing live during Garbage Rockavaria 2016. Photo licensed under Creative-Commons-License CC-by-SA-3.0: © pitpony.photography.
Steve Marker - Musician, Guitar, keyboards, songwriter, and record producer; born Steve Marker was born on March 16, 1959 in Mamaroneck, New York and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lived in Madison for 25 years.
Best known as a cofounder and guitarist in the alternative rock band Garbage.
Marker spent most of his childhood and his teens in Mamaroneck, New York but attended college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison for a degree in film. While at the UW, Marker met Butch Vig, who played with the band Spooner. In 1979 the group was trying to figure out how to record a 7-inch single and Marker had grown 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.
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.
Marker famously spotted Angelfish singer Shirley Manson's music video on MTV's 120 Minutes, 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."
After living for 25 years in Madison, following Garbage's hiatus in 2005, Marker relocated to Carbondale, Colorado.
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Muscian, Guitar, keyboards, songwriter, and record producer. Cofounder and guitarist in the alternative rock band Garbage.
Above: Garbage performing live at the Manchester Academy during the 20th anniversary tour in 2015. Licensed by Creative Commons - Paul Anderson.
Autobiography by the band Garbage. "This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake" co-authored by the band’s original four members: Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Duke Erikson, and Steve Marker, along with journalist Jason Cohen. Buy Book.
Above: Trailer for The Smart Studios Story.