Super-producer Rick Rubin has been honoured with a ‘Lifetime of Harmony’ award from the David Lynch Foundation.
Jake Bugg was among the artists who performed at the ceremony to honour Rubin last week (February 27) at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Proceeds from the event will go towards the David Lynch Foundation’s campaign to bring transcendental meditation programs to at-risk adults and young people around the world.
Discussing transcendental meditation’s role in his life and music with Rolling Stone, Rubin said: “When I was 14 years old, I went to see my pediatrician, the doctor who delivered me, because my neck hurt when I went to school. He said, incredibly for his day, that it was stress and I needed to learn to meditate.” He continued: “I was open to it. I’m a Beatles fanatic, and the Beatles connection [they learned TM from its inventor, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi] was strong enough that I wanted to learn anything that the Beatles were involved in.”
He also spoke about how his creative process has changed in the 30 years he has been in the music business. “When I started in music, it was only about a drumbeat and words. That was about my level of understanding, and then over time, I started understanding more of the elements that could be used,” he said. “It’s just more tools in the toolbox: this song would sound good if it had a bigger production, and this song would sound good if it was stripped down, and knowing the difference.”