Rick Rubin: Protocols to Access Creative Energy and Process


Rick Rubin shares practical insights into the creative process, emphasizing honesty, overcoming self-doubt, and the importance of nurturing inner life to foster true creative expression.


Finding Creative Energy

Rick Rubin discusses his personal practices for harnessing creative energy, touching on meditation, coherence breathing, and maintaining a natural, low-stimulation environment.

Rubin offers wisdom on pushing past creative blocks, advising artists to create without fear of judgment and to embrace their honest, personal narrative, much like a "diary entry."

Role of Relationships

He highlights the significance of truthfulness in relationships, both personal and professional, underscoring their impact on one's ability to explore creativity without constraint or fear.

Interacting with Technology

Rubin reflects on the double-edged sword of technology, explaining how the internet can serve as both a vast creative resource and a potential inhibitor of the creative process.

Daily Rituals and Lifestyle

Rubin elaborates on his daily routine, cultivating practices that prioritize well-being, such as exposure to natural light, physical activity, and protective evening rituals like using red light to preserve sleep quality.

Insights into the Music Industry

Rick Rubin's successful career in music production stemmed from his intuitive approach, driven by feeling rather than technicality. He shares anecdotes from working with iconic artists, demonstrating his deep connection with the art rather than the mechanics.

Educational Views

Rubin questions the current value of formal education, suggesting real-world experience may provide richer, more applicable learning for those pursuing creative paths.

Thoughts on Art and Life

Throughout the discussion, Rubin reinforces the theme that art and creativity are extensions of our way of being, influenced by our upbringing, life experiences, and underlying personal philosophies.

Key quotes

  1. "I try to curate the people around me to be people I want to have around me."
  2. "Every time you meditate is like making a deposit in a bank."
  3. "It's not about anyone else; it's about the reader and that was always part of the... my understanding of what I thought would be the most helpful."
  4. "The home is the safe place from which you can go out and be a warrior and do all these great things and these crazy things."
  5. "By the time that we're working together, any resistance they had in the past has already been overcome."

Make it stick

  1. Think of creativity like a "diary entry" โ€“ personal, honest, and immune to external judgment.
  2. View meditation as a "bank deposit" โ€“ every session contributes to long-term mental health and creativity.
  3. Consider relationships as foundational platforms that enable us to take risks and be our true creative selves.

Talking points

  • "I found it so fascinating that Rubin can maintain such a calm inner world amidst the chaos of creativity and the music industry."
  • "Did you know that Rick Rubin doesn't require artists to follow a specific creative process but instead encourages freedom and spontaneity in their work?"