Butch Vig’s Net Worth – $60 Million
Butch Vig is a $60 million-dollar-rich American musician, composer, and record producer. Vig made his fortune as a successful music producer and drummer for the alternative rock band Garbage. He also produced Nirvana’s Diamond-certified album “Nevermind” in 1991. “Garbage” (1995), “Version 2.0” (1998), “Beautiful Garbage” (2001), “Bleed Like Me” (2005), “Not Your Kind of People” (2012), “Strange Little Birds” (2016), and “No Gods No Masters” (2017) are Garbage’s studio albums released since 1995.
(2021). Over 17 million albums have been sold by the group. The Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Soul Asylum, Jimmy Eat World, Green Day, and Foo Fighters are among the acts for which Vig has produced records. Butch was voted #9 on the “50 Greatest Producers Ever” list by “NME” magazine in 2012.
On August 2, 1955, in Viroqua, Wisconsin, Butch Vig was born Bryan David Vig. Betty was a music instructor and DeVerne was a doctor. Vig grew up with two siblings, Lisa and Chris, and after his father gave him a crew cut, he was given the nickname “Butch” as a child. After witnessing The Who on “The Smothers Brothers,” Vig spent six years learning piano before switching to drums. Butch majored in film direction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He played with the band Fire Town and Spooner while a college student.
Vig met future Garbage band member Steve Marker while attending the University of Wisconsin. Butch began composing electronic music for low-budget films like “Slumber Party Massacre” and joined various garage pop bands. In 1979, Vig and Marker co-founded Boat Records, a record label that released Spooner and other bands’ records.
In Madison, they founded Smart Studios in 1984, and with Phil Davis, they formed the band First Person. Vig and Davis also created Fire Town with Duke Erikson of Spooner, and the band signed with Atlantic Records after releasing their first album, “In the Heart of the Heart Country,” in 1987. Fire Town’s second album, “The Good Life,” was released in 1989, however, it was a flop, and the band disbanded soon after.
Butch released the albums “Every Corner Dance,” “Wildest Dreams,” and “The Fugitive Dance” with Spooner in 1982, 1985, and 1986, respectively (1990). Vig produced Nirvana’s “Nevermind” and The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Gish” in 1991, his first significant albums as a producer. In 1993’s “Siamese Dream,” he collaborated once more with The Smashing Pumpkins.
He produced Sonic Youth’s “Dirty,” L7’s “Bricks are Heavy,” and Drain’s “Pick Up Heaven” in 1992, and Sonic Youth’s “Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star” in 1994, as well as “Let Your Dim Light Shine” (Soul Asylum) and “This Perfect World” (Soul Asylum) in 1995. (Freedy Johnston).
Vig returned to producing albums for other bands, including Against Me”New !’s Wave” (2006) and “White Crosses” (2010), Jimmy Eat World’s “Chase This Light” (2007), The Subways’ “All or Nothing” (2008), Tom Gabel’s “Heart Burns” (2008), and Never Shout Never’s “Harmony” (2010), as well as Green Day’s “21st Century Breakdown” (2009) and Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light” (2010) (2011).
For “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” he also produced Muse’s single “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)” in 2010. Garbage reformed in 2010 and released “Not Your Kind of People” in 2012, followed by “Strange Little Birds” in 2016, and “No Gods No Masters” in 2021.
The Emperors of Wyoming was created in 2011 by Vig, Pete Anderson, Frank Anderson, and Phil Davis, and their self-titled album was released in 2012. He received his third Grammy for “Sound City: Real to Reel” in 2013, and he produced Foo Fighters’ “Sonic Highways” in 2014. Butch established the band 5 Billion in Diamonds in 2017, and the album “Divine Accidents” was released in 2020. He produced the Silversun Pickups’ album “Widow’s Weeds” in 2019, and the music for “Puppy Love” in 2021.
Butch and Beth Halper married in 2003 and have a daughter named Bo Violet. Beth used to work at DreamWorks Animation as an A&R executive. Vig was diagnosed with hepatitis A in 2001, which prevented him from touring with Garbage. On their website, the band wrote, “Hepatitis A had been discovered in Butch Vig.
He is making a full recovery and is getting the rest he requires, and he appreciates all of your good wishes. He will not be able to perform with the band at their next European shows, however, due to doctor’s orders.”
Nominations for Awards
Vig has received multiple Grammy nominations, including Best Rock Album for Green Day’s “21st Century Breakdown” (2010) and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for “Sound City: Real To Reel” (2012). (2014). He was nominated for Best New Artist (1997), Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Stupid Girl” (1997) and “Special” (2000) with Garbage, and Best Rock Album and Album of the Year for “Version 2.0” with Garbage (1999).