Rick Rubin, Legendary Music Producer — The Artistic Act, Overcoming Artistic Blocks, Growing Your Notion and Sensitivities, Reinvention vs. Going Slim,

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“Search for what you discover however nobody else sees.”

— Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin (@RickRubin) is a nine-time GRAMMY-winning producer, one in every of Time journal’s 100 most influential folks on the earth, and probably the most profitable producer in any style, in accordance with Rolling Stone. He has collaborated with artists from Tom Petty to Adele, Johnny Money to the Crimson Sizzling Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys to Slayer, Kanye West to the Strokes, and System of a Right down to Jay-Z. You will discover my 2015 interview with Rick at tim.weblog/RickRubin.

His new ebook is THE CREATIVE ACT: A Way of Being

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#649: Rick Rubin, Legendary Music Producer — The Artistic Act, Overcoming Artistic Blocks, Growing Your Notion and Sensitivities, Reinvention vs. Going Slim, The Future and AI, and A lot Extra

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  • Why Rick wrote The Artistic Act.
  • The Tao of Rick Rubin.
  • Making the inventive toolbox multi-purposeful.
  • Collaborations: guaranteeing the perfect concepts prevail over egos.
  • Artistic revisions are experiments, not assured enhancements.
  • Understanding when to be outlined by or to deviate from a longtime style.
  • Why Rick resisted recommendation to make his first ebook an autobiography.
  • Even a solo challenge is a collaboration.
  • Noticing what no person else sees.
  • Being within the great state “which makes artwork inevitable.”
  • Craftsperson vs. artist.
  • Good distraction vs. dangerous distraction.
  • Breaking out of sameness.
  • Filtering out non-constructive suggestions.
  • Does synthetic intelligence deserve a task within the inventive course of?
  • What occurs when new music catches Rick’s ear?
  • The right way to be the perfect music producer doable.
  • Artists who appear to finest channel surprise from the mundane.
  • Managing huge inspirational consumption.
  • New films on Rick’s radar.
  • Ideas for artists who need to endure the ages.
  • Pacing the ebook — as the author and the reader.
  • Parting ideas.


“That’s the way in which I prefer to work. I am going in with a blind perception that one thing good will occur and till it’s confirmed unattainable, I’ll proceed banging my head towards the wall.”
— Rick Rubin

“In most collaborative tasks … the way in which that I’ve seen it working is that there’ll be many concepts, and there’ll be a battle of wills to see which thought wins. It’s not essentially primarily based during which thought is finest—it’s extra of an ego battle battle. After which somebody who’s both keen to combat extra or is extra insensitive is ready to push their manner by, and that turns into a path. And from my expertise, these are usually not how the perfect selections are made.”
— Rick Rubin

“At all times refer again to the factor that you simply’re revising. I might by no means assume, since you put extra time into one thing, it’s getting higher.”
— Rick Rubin

“Search for what you discover however nobody else sees.”
— Rick Rubin

“What makes an artist nice occurs not within the making. It occurs in the way in which of being on the earth, the way in which of experiencing the world, the way in which of noticing the factor that another person doesn’t discover. The best way of seeing what’s stunning when everybody else sees the mundane and with the ability to symbolize that again in a manner that different folks get a glimpse of what we noticed that they didn’t discover.”
— Rick Rubin

“The craftsperson is making the factor and making all of them the identical and making all of them match or making the one which any person ordered. … The artist is making the factor that you simply didn’t know you need, the factor that you simply didn’t know that you simply couldn’t reside with out, the factor that you simply didn’t know was doable.”
— Rick Rubin

“We get to stroll round in awe all day and have our breath taken away, after which we get to painting that in one thing the place another person hopefully may have that very same sense of awe from one thing we made.”
— Rick Rubin

“The explanation there are such a lot of musical artists and the rationale I’ve hundreds of albums of artists and hundreds of artists that I observe that I like isn’t as a result of they’re all the perfect one. All of them do one thing actually good specific to them.”
— Rick Rubin


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