Limitations drive hip-hop producer RJD2’s creativity

Limitations drive hip-hop producer RJD2's creativity

“Basically, I’m here to make records.” For a musician who has access to any piece of kit under the sun, producer RJD2 prefers limits to keep him on task musically. Anything else — restoring old synthesizers or building new ones — is just a distraction from his actual job. With hard rules in place for what you can or cannot do, ingenuity comes easier. “There’s something to be said for an idea that’s well discussed in jazz… oftentimes, for me, creativity exists in a threshold you pass where you stop thinking about what you’re doing and you just start doing,” he said in a fireside chat at Expand New York. “When you work in an environment with limitations, you can reach that creativity faster.”

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