As music technologies improve year on year, the job of being a producer just keeps getting more and more exciting. It’s no wonder that we know of so many fantastic producers in the music industry these days, but they don’t come much bigger than this man. The Artists in Focus blog this week is all about production royalty, Mark Ronson.
And we have no doubt that anyone looking to pursue a career in music production will look towards Ronson as a real example of what can be achieved. You only have to take a look at the incredible list of collaborators on his CV. We’re talking Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen, Miley Cyrus, Adele, Bruno Mars and Robbie Williams, and there’s plenty more where they came from!
Booked and Busy
Mark Ronson was born in Notting Hill, London, before moving to New York at the age of 8. It was when he reached university age that he really started putting himself out there, not as a music producer, but a DJ! He became well known for his sets which always featured an incredibly diverse range of music from multiple genres. It’s safe to say that he was booked and busy, being hired for all kinds of high-profile parties and events.
The move into production happened a little later, and led to some amazing opportunities. He produced albums by artists such as Lily Allen, Christina Aguilera and, potentially one of his most famous collaborations to date, Amy Winehouse.
Producing the Back to Black album won Mark Ronson a Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, and what a deserved achievement this was. In 2015, a few years after Amy’s passing, Ronson became a patron of the Amy Winehouse Foundation which helped disadvantaged young people through the art of music. He also starred in the documentary film about his friend Miss Winehouse, including footage of their recording session of the single, "Back to Black".
Ronson’s second album, Version, was hugely successful, reaching number 2 in the UK album charts. He even bagged himself a Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist. At the awards ceremony he performed a medley of some of his most popular tunes, including “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face” alongside Adele, “Stop Me” with Daniel Merriweather and the incredibly famous “Valerie” with Amy Winehouse. It’s not surprising that after this performance, the iTunes sales went through the roof!
More Big Moments
Other big moments in Mark Ronson’s career include his collaboration with Bruno Mars for the song “Uptown Funk”. This tune spent 14 consecutive weeks at number 1 in the USA, and became one of the best-selling singles of all time! One of his more recent successes is the song “Shallow”, performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper for the A Star Is Born cinema sensation, and the Grammy winning “Electricity” featuring Dua Lipa, which he wrote with fellow producer Diplo for their duo Silk City.
There really is no stopping Ronson. Year on year he continues to make amazing music with equally amazing collaborators, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for his career.
If you’ve enjoyed taking a closer look at Ronson’s career, why not check out our Grimes profile too?