Rick Rubin’s Valuable Ears

By: Friday February 7, 2014 3:35 pm

In his autobiography, the famous artist and producer Brian Eno wrote, “Value the ears that things sound good through.” This principle has provided Rick Rubin his livelihood: he has no formal musical training, yet he’s one of the world’s most famous producers. He’s been at the top, or close to it, ever since he arrived in 1984, with a label named Def Jam and a single, LL Cool J’s “I Need A Beat.” He seems to be experiencing (yet another) career renaissance, because the things that sound good through his ears often sound good through everyone else’s.

 
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