Mark Ronson: ‘I was floundering. I was drinking too much and giving orders’
His new album of ‘sad bangers’ is inspired by his divorce – and has already scored one global hit single. So why does he feel he’s being pushed out of pop?
Mark Ronson fiddles with the lead that connects his phone to the hotel room speaker. He presses play and rushes out, reappearing when the last notes die away. That’s really good, I tell him, because it is. The song he plays is the title track from his forthcoming album, Late Night Feelings, and it pulls off the old disco trick of sounding simultaneously euphoric and yearning. The track packs the kind of chorus – sung by Lykke Li – that you suspect is going to be inescapable for the rest of the year. He nods. “I think these are my best …” He trails off and rolls his eyes. “Well, of course I’m going to sit in front of you and say something like that.” Then he presses play on the phone and rushes out of the room again.
It’s certainly an unusual way to hear one of the most hotly anticipated pop albums of the year, a self-styled collection of “sad bangers” that is also home to Nothing Breaks Like a Heart, Ronson’s collaboration with Miley Cyrus that, the day I meet him, has taken up residence in the Top 10 everywhere from Belgium to Lebanon. But rushing in and out as if you can’t face being in the room while another person listens to your music is very Mark Ronson.
Source: The Guardian – Mark Ronson: ‘I was floundering. I was drinking too much and giving orders’