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Instruments  Guitar, keyboards
Role  Musician
Years active  1978–present
Music group  Garbage (Since 1994)
Movies  Garbage: Absolute Garbage
Name  Steve Marker

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Born  March 16, 1959 (age 56) Mamaroneck, New York, US (1959-03-16)
Genres  Rock, alternative rock, electronic rock
Occupation(s)  Musician, songwriter, record producer, remixer
Labels  Geffen Records, A&E Records
Similar People  Duke Erikson, Butch Vig, Shirley Manson, Billy Bush, Paul Simonon

Associated acts  Fire Town, Garbage

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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.

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Early life

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

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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. 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.

Career

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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. He 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."

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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".

Personal life

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

Garbage

Studio albums

  • Garbage (1995)
  • Version 2.0 (1998)
  • Beautiful Garbage (2001)
  • Bleed Like Me (2005)
  • Not Your Kind of People (2012)
  • Strange Little Birds (2016)
  • Compilation albums and EPs

  • Special Collection (2002)
  • Absolute Garbage (2007)
  • Production career

    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
  • 2012: Garbage – Not Your Kind of People
  • 2016: Garbage – 'Strange Little Birds
  • 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

    Steve Marker Wikipedia


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