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Rick Rubin Interview

January 28, 2009

You may like or hate this producer, but you must admit that Rick Rubin has made a large mark on popular music. From Def Jam to Neil Diamond, Rick has covered a lot of ground.

I came across this NY Times article about him and his move to Columbia records. Even though the article is over a year old, there were a few things I really dug.

“Everything I do, whether it’s producing, or signing an artist, always starts with the songs. When I’m listening, I’m looking for a balance that you could see in anything. Whether it’s a great painting or a building or a sunset. There’s just a natural human element to a great song that feels immediately satisfying. I like the song to create a mood…..

… Sony has to agree. I’m not sure they realize that they are selling art. Right now they could be selling any product. That’s why we have to move — we’re in the art business.” -Rick Rubin

It really is all about the songs. Everything is built around the songs.

Take Control of Your Music,

Hoover

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