A Conversation with Rick Rubin – Creativity, Authenticity, Originality
In this riveting moderated conversation, legendary music producer and NYT bestselling author Rick Rubin reveals how to bring creativity, authenticity, and originality to life and work. From founding Def Jam Recordings, to transitioning Columbia Records to a new digital model, to driving inspirations conversations on his hit podcast, Rubin has continued to transform the world of music and shares lessons that resonate with any audience.
First book from legendary producer Rick Rubin – ‘The Creative Act’ – is a #1 NYT bestseller
Legendary music producer RICK RUBIN is a master at helping people connect with the wellsprings of their creativity. His first beautifully crafted book – The Creative Act: A Way of Being – offers that same deep wisdom to all of us. Known for creating a space where artists of all different genres and traditions can home in on who they really are and what they really offer, Rubin has learned that creativity has a place in everyone’s life.
Rubin’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Creative Act is a beautiful and generous course of study that illuminates the path of the artist as a road we can all follow. In his book, as he does in compelling moderated conversations, Rubin puts the power to create moments – and lifetimes – of exhilaration and transcendence within closer reach for all of us.
Rick Rubin’s podcast ‘Broken Record’ is a master class in authenticity
With a deep rolodex of collaborators including Jay-Z to Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers to Johnny Cash, Adele to Slayer, Imagine Dragons to Lana Del Rey, Kevin Abstract to Black Sabbath, RICK RUBIN has had a legendary impact on the musical universe. On his hit podcast Broken Record, Rubin moderates incomparable conversations with artists of all genres, from the beginning of their careers to the height of fame. The profound takeaways – about creativity, authenticity, and originality – resonate beyond the realm of audiophiles and make an impact with audiences of all kinds.
Few individuals have affected as many corners of the musical universe for as long as Rick Rubin. He has collaborated with artists from Jay-Z to Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers to Johnny Cash, Adele to Slayer, Imagine Dragons to Lana Del Rey, Kevin Abstract to Black Sabbath.
Rubin founded Def Jam recordings while studying fine art at New York University. Working from his dormitory, his first recordings with LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and Run DMC took hip-hop music out of the underground and into the mainstream. His success in selling tens of millions of albums worldwide was a shock to the established recording industry.
Since that time, he has produced and guided the most popular and cutting edge musicians on the planet, in addition to owning and operating his own label, American Recordings. From 2007 to 2013, he moonlighted as the Co-Chairman of Columbia Records in order to revamp their artist roster and help the company transition from the traditional record business to the new digital model.
Rubin was named a TIME "100 Most Influential People in the World.” He has won nine Grammys and two CMAs. In 2021, he interviewed Paul McCartney for the Emmy-nominated documentary series McCartney 3,2,1, which Rubin also executive produced. He most recently released his first book The Creative Act which was an immediate #1 New York Times Bestseller and launched a global conversation about creativity, causing #RickRubin to trend on TikTok and receive over 39M views.
In addition to being one of the most honored and prolific producers in the world, he is a renowned host and interviewer known for his incredible insights, attention, and curiosity.