1

Ad-Supported Feeds:

  • Apple Podcasts
  • Shape
    Spotify
  • Apple Podcasts
  • Shape
    Spotify

Join Pushkin+

Gain access to ad-free versions of 20+ podcasts from the Pushkin library along with exclusive bonus episodes and other member benefits.

Photo: Maria José Govea, @thesupermaniak

It’s been 10 years since Arcade Fire’s exceptional third album, “The Suburbs,” earned a Grammy for Album Of The Year. It’s a distinction that helped catapult the quirky indie rock band from Montreal into one of the world’s biggest bands.

With a string of chart-topping conceptual albums and a live show that’s arguably unmatched by any other modern rock band, Arcade Fire’s genius can be attributed to their tireless work ethic, a collective musical mastery, and lead singer Win Butler’s total surrender to an elusive musical spirit.

Win Butler spoke with Rick Rubin from his home studio in New Orleans, where he lives with his wife and bandmate Régine Chassagne. Win describes the night he and Régine wrote their first songs together, explains why he set out to be the weak link in the band, and why the only place he would talk to Bob Dylan is side stage at an Arcade Fire show.

The Hosts

Rick Rubin

In addition to being a podcast host, Frederick Jay “Rick” Rubin is an American record producer and former co-president of Columbia Records. Along with Russell Simmons, he is the co-founder…

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is president and co-founder of Pushkin Industries. He is a journalist, a speaker, and the author of six New York Times bestsellers including The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers,…

Justin Richmond

Justin Richmond is producer and co-host of the music podcast Broken Record with writer Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times editor Bruce Headlam, and music producer—and Def Jam co-founder—Rick Rubin. Justin…

Bruce Headlam

Bruce Headlam is one of the co-creators of the music podcast Broken Record. He worked at The New York Times for 19 years, including two years running the 50-person Video…