Over the summer, I watched the Showtime documentary series Shangri-La, which is all about Rick Rubin and creativity and inspiration and his Malibu studio, which is treated like some holy place by everyone in the documentary. For example, when they are between artists, Rubin has his interns repaint the studio floors – I dunno, to make it feel like some blank page for the next artist that’s going to use it?
By contrast, Billy Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was produced in her childhood home, by her brother, using prosumer-level equipment. And, for my money, it was one of the best-produced albums of 2019.
This video is a really great companion piece to Shangri-La – both emphasise how important the space is to the creative process, but they approach the topic from entirely different ends of the spectrum.