Rick Rubin Takes a Look Behind the Scenes

Rick Rubin has been known as a super-producer for many years now. He surprised everyone for the first time in the 1980s, when he invented the crossover. Rubin was the first producer who combined hip-hop with heavy guitars. The artists such as Run DMC and the Beastie Boys became superstars after Rubin promoted them. The producer was successful in a lot of other genres too. He left his mark in heavy metal as well as in country. For several years, he has encouraged the world to participate in his work. The Broken Records podcast is one of the most listened to in the genre and it allows the listener to peek behind the scenes of many famous people.



Together with Justin Richmond, Malcolm Gladwell, and an ex-editor of the New York Times, Bruce Headlam, Rubin revives the fan-favourite liner notes, which have lost their function nowadays. Yet, in the past, they were always a central part of the communication between the musicians and their listeners.

These kinds of conversations show Rubin and colleagues at Broken Records under a different light. Rubin’s participation is fantastic, since the producer has been considered a silent eccentric for decades. He rarely appears in public and explains himself to the audience. His way of working is just slightly strange but almost always successful in the end. Even musicians who cursed the collaboration in hindsight owe Rubin overwhelming success. Now, he is using the podcast as a medium to voice himself for the first time.

Generous To Success

Rubin does not put himself in the foreground of Broken Records, he lets the artists speak instead. He acts as an interviewer and a conversation guide. The focus is on having fun for everyone involved. Malcolm Gladwell and the tech-savvy producer complement each other perfectly. Rubin gives his audience generous insights into his work and his path to success. He never anticipates anything big, always listens to ideas without prejudice, and, if needed, makes necessary improvements. He once compared his job to peeling an onion. His job was to remove all unnecessary layers until the pure core and concept of art was revealed.

Informative, Fun, And Touching

The cooperation between the podcast members works smoothly, according to their own statement. The preparation process of the show is simple: Rubin sends out a text message with an introduction to the artists to his colleagues. The interviews are informative, fun, and touching, in return the guests participate in a lively manner as well. Rubin’s legendary reputation encourages the stars to open up in conversation and sometimes chat for hours about themselves and their work. For music lovers, Broken Records offers new insights into the industry and sets a standard for music podcasts. The ability of Rick Rubin as an interviewer is unmatched too. In the future, he will chat with Paul McCartney for a new documentary and hopefully show us a new perspective on the musician’s work.


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