Project Highlight – Rick Rubin’s Malibu Oasis

Dec 22, 2022 |

People come, people go
Some grow young, some grow cold
I woke up in between
A memory and a dream

So let's get to the point, let's roll another joint
And let's head on down the road, there's somewhere I gotta go
You don't know how it feels
You don't know how it feels to be me
- You Don't Know How It Feels, Tom Petty.

These lyrics earned Tom Petty a spot at the revered Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But even fewer know that the song was made possible by the astounding knack of one music producer - Rick Rubin.

The Wilson Audio SabrinaX loudspeakers set up as home theater speakers in Rick Rubin's ho

Rick Rubin - a name of immense weight in the music industry. The man who brought to the stage artists and bands of worldly repute. Right off the tongue, the names that come out are the Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System of A Down, and Metallica. Known as a co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, founder of American Recordings, and former co-president of Columbia Records, Rick Rubin is a contender for the title of country's best-known music producer. He is best known for fanning the embers of hip-hop into the global phenomenon it is today.

Drawing parallels between Rick Rubin and his home

One fine morning, he chances upon the names Bonetti and Kozerki. Recollecting that they had worked with a friend of his, he heard only good things when he asked around. Rick Rubin had his eyes on a minimalist recreation, but not the kind that feels forced. In his own words-

“Some minimal things you don’t want to touch, but Enrico and Dominic’s minimalism always feels organic and warm and welcoming.”

The final house is as otherworldly as it gets. The blend of contemporary spaces with medieval style Tudor architecture come from an understanding of the person Rick is over 10 years. The inside of the house contains wood, concrete and white surfaces. It's a thing of beauty - like someone who appears to suck up the air in a room with their presence.

The audio setup at Rick Rubin's Shangri-La recording studio

Located five minutes away from his famous Shangri-La recording studio, Rick Rubin took the renovation inspiration from his home. It's musical magic in the air, both at the studio and at home.

The home houses speakers from Wilson Audio in nearly every room. A closer look will reveal that these are the spectacular Sabrina X models. The speakers are positioned so that when turned on, they invite complete focus on the music. When in combination with the white interiors, you won't be able to imagine another set of speakers that blend in as perfectly.

I PLAY MUSIC all day... Each house doesn’t have to be everything. It’s like an album.”
- Rick Rubin

Content Credits: Wall Street Journal, Genius
Image credits: Wilson Audio Facebook Page

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