"I have no technical ability and I don't know anything about music"

“I have no technical ability and I don’t know anything about music”

Rick Rubin is the subject of a long article on the new 60 minutes tied to his new book The creative act: a way of being. In online excerpts from his interview with Anderson Cooper, the super-producer shared some memories of Johnny Cash’s later years and early career as LL Cool J, as well as talking about turning his NYU dorm room into the Def Jam’s office and recording studio.

In the clips, Rubin talks about how he met Cash by getting the country legend to share his favorite songs, as well as the ritual they developed of taking communion together every day. He also talks about a teenage LL Cool J who constantly calls the phone number on the back of Def Jam’s first single in hopes of connecting with the company. The various videos offer the opportunity for Cooper to deliberately focus on multiple contexts, whether listening to Cash’s version of “Hurt” as if it were his first time hearing it or, per Rubin’s request, meditating for two minutes before start the interview.

That too:

COOPER: Do you play instruments?

RUBIN: Hardly.

COOPER: Do you know how to work a soundboard?

RUBIN: No. I don’t have technical ability. And I don’t know anything about music.

COOPER: (LAUGHS) You must know something.

RUBIN: Well, I know what I like and what I don’t like. And I am, I am resolute about what I like and what I don’t like.

COOPER: So what do they pay you for?

RUBIN: The confidence I have in my taste and my ability to express what I feel has proven to be useful for artists.

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No matter which artist he’s working with, Rick Rubin insists that making music is a deeply emotional pursuit. “We’re trying to tap into a sentiment,” Rubin said. “We’re trying to tap into something that makes you want to lean forward and pay more attention.”

♬ original sound – 60 Minutes

The full episode is available here.

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