October 4, 2023


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Rick Rubin, Legendary Music Producer — The Inventive Act, Overcoming Inventive Blocks, Creating 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 line with Rolling Stone. He has collaborated with artists from Tom Petty to Adele, Johnny Money to the Pink Sizzling Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys to Slayer, Kanye West to the Strokes, and System of a All the way down to Jay-Z. You’ll find my 2015 interview with Rick at tim.weblog/RickRubin.

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

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

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#76: Rick Rubin on Cultivating World-Class Artists (Jay Z, Johnny Money, and many others.), Shedding 100+ Kilos, and Breaking Down The Advanced

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Editor’s be aware: timestamps can be added shortly.

  • Why Rick wrote The Inventive Act.
  • The Tao of Rick Rubin.
  • Making the inventive toolbox multi-purposeful.
  • Collaborations: guaranteeing the perfect concepts prevail over egos.
  • Inventive 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 guide an autobiography.
  • Even a solo mission is a collaboration.
  • Noticing what no one else sees.
  • Being within the great state “which makes artwork inevitable.”
  • Craftsperson vs. artist.
  • Good distraction vs. unhealthy 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?
  • How one can be the perfect music producer doable.
  • Artists who appear to greatest channel surprise from the mundane.
  • Managing large inspirational consumption.
  • New motion pictures on Rick’s radar.
  • Ideas for artists who wish to endure the ages.
  • Pacing the guide — as the author and the reader.
  • Parting ideas.


“That’s the best way I wish to work. I’m going in with a blind perception that one thing good will occur and till it’s confirmed unimaginable, I’ll proceed banging my head towards the wall.”

— Rick Rubin

“In most collaborative tasks … the best way 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 by which thought is greatest — it’s extra of an ego battle battle. After which somebody who’s both prepared to combat extra or is extra insensitive is ready to push their method via, and that turns into a route. And from my expertise, these will not be how the perfect selections are made.”

— Rick Rubin

“All the time refer again to the factor that you just’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 best way of being on the earth, the best way of experiencing the world, the best way 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 having the ability to signify that again in a method 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 anyone ordered. … The artist is making the factor that you just didn’t know you need, the factor that you just didn’t know that you just couldn’t stay with out, the factor that you just 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 might have that very same sense of awe from one thing we made.”

— Rick Rubin

“The rationale 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 explicit to them.”

— Rick Rubin


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