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Discussion in 'Bar' started by KHE, Aug 8, 2014.
awesome interview with rick rubin!
This guy puts as much effort in producing music as he does on dressing up.
Great interview. I have new respect for the man now.
I'm on the side of the fence that thinks Rubin is a lazy fucking moron
I'm gonna go outside and eat some yogurt and meditate in my bathrobe instead of watching that video.
Damn, I don't master english enough to understand everything he says :/
I dug the interview, thanks for posting the link. I dig Rick Rubin overall. He has had his hands in quite a few albums that I really enjoy. I would admit he sometimes chooses people to work on albums that I personally feel work against the best final product, like Greg Fidelman doing Death Magnetic. But if you consider the kind of material Metallica would release on their own without somebody there to remind them of what made them great in the first place, Ill take better songs over better engineering any day. Alternately he has also worked with way more people that I really appreciate and made some inspired pairings, like Brendan O'Brien on Blood Sugar Sex Magic and Sylvia Massy doing SOAD's first record for example.
I remember reading an interview with Dave Mustaine when I was a kid where he said that most producers were just highly paid critics. I think in that light, you know, viewing the scope of his work from that 70's, 80's, and 90's mindset where the engineer / mixer / producer was rarely the same guy, Rick is one of the best.
This is really interesting to me, as Mustaine was clearly presenting it as a negative when I can't see it that way. I'm thinking more along the lines of "If Roger Ebert gives your movie the go-ahead it's probably a decently flick."
Im absolutely sure Mustaine meant it as a negative, but that quote always stuck with me. I think its a really cut and dry way to think about what a producers job is in the classic sense but I think your Ebert one is even better, particularly in reference to Rick Rubin. I hoped to illustrate that most people who shit on him hear stories about the guy laying around on couches and not showing up very much and cant wrap their heads around the idea that in the upper echelons of American major label pop music this role still exists and can be done thoughtfully in a meadow or in flip flops haha.
Beside the point but worth noting is that IMO Megadeth has only been as good as their producers and managers for the last 20 years.
I always thought of Rubin as a classic A+R guy who gave himself a producer credit so he could take points. His strong point has always been signing interesting, controversial and/or great talents and making sure the records have enough of any combination of those things to sell well. Certainly that defines the first 20 years of his career.
I thought the interview was a waste of time. Nothing interesting in it other than the typical wankfest of "Oh, he's so great to work with cause he's a true musician who still practices 3h a day"-crap.
holy shit, the fact that this is in stereo is annoying as fuck.