Oct 07, 2010 12:00AM

Stuff Mark Ronson Said That Was Interesting

Our Music Writer talks going bald and guys called 'Steve' with Mark Ronson.

Last week I interviewed Mark Ronson over the telephone. He has just released his third album, Record Collection. There are lots of famous people on it. Here are some things that he said that were relatively interesting, paired with the insightful comments that I wrote at the time.

Mark Ronson: Do you hear that beeping?
Ariane Halls: I do actually – it's not me.

Ok. [Really long pause.] Are you trying to pull, "It's not me, it's you"?
Yes. I'm trying to break up with you already.

I JUST TOLD MARK RONSON THAT I WAS BREAKING UP WITH HIM. HE IS GOING TO THINK THAT I AM INSANE.

How do you decide who you want to work with?
It's really different song to song, every song has it's own story in the way that it came about. A few of the people are people whose songs I'd covered on Versions who I didn't know at that point, I was just a fan of their music – people like Dave McCabe from The Zutons and Nick Hodgson from the Kaiser Chiefs – and I was sort of lucky enough to meet them in the process of touring the last couple of years. And Boy George I interviewed once for an American magazine that happens to be called Interview.

THANKS MARK RONSON, I AM FAMILIAR WITH FREAKING INTERVIEW MAGAZINE.

I don't know, everything sort of just comes together. It's never too much of a case of trying to hunt down someone or making a hundred calls to their manager, I feel like the kind of people you're meant to work with naturally kind of come into your orbit if you're lucky and otherwise it's sort of not really worth chasing it.

OMG. IS MARK RONSON USING 'THE SECRET'???

Has anyone ever said no to you?
I've always got heaps of people that are too busy or things like that but, you know, nobody's ever been like "Oh Ronson, that guy. Fuck off". Or, not that I know of at least.

DON'T LAUGH. THINK OF OTHER THINGS, LIKE WHAT YOU NEED TO BUY FROM THE SUPERMARKET TONIGHT.

Are there any heroes that you've been too scared to ask?
Oh yeah, well, I don't feel [that I could ask] one of those people whose voices I love and worship, like Stevie Wonder or Steve Winwood or people like that.

PEOPLE CALLED STEVE?

...but I feel like if there's ever an opportunity to work with them it'll come about.

MARK RONSON IS TOTALLY USING THE SECRET!!!!!!!

I've just finished producing a new album for Duran Duran, one of my favourite bands of all time - they were my first favourite band. I certainly didn't get into music so that end result would be to produce an album for Duran Duran, but that's the way it's turned out due to a series of events and here I am, making it. And as far-fetched as that seems, you know, the things that you're supposed to do unfold themselves.

THE SECRET!

Who have been the most rewarding artists to work with? What sorts of collaborations seem to work the best?
They all work well in their own way? I mean like Wiley, the UK grime rapper, all he does is make an 8-bar contribution to a record, but I find it just as exciting as anything else on the album. There's not one that's?

AT THIS POINT SOMEONE KNOCKS ON MARK RONSON'S DOOR AND HE SAYS SOME UNINTELLIGIBLE STUFF TO THEM AND THEN I DECIDE THAT THIS POINT IS OBVIOUSLY NOT WORTH LABOURING SO I ASK ANOTHER QUESTION.

You come from a super-creative family – I just read an article about your mother in New York Magazine and she sounds hilarious. What was it like growing up in such a creative household?
It didn't really feel like that. I mean, it wasn't stifling but it wasn't like we came home from school and took out guitars and all did naked body painting – we were more like normal kids... my curfew was approximately 7 hours earlier than all the other kids in my class. My stepdad was a musician so that certainly helped, having all the music equipment around to experiment with when I was there working with my friends and bands and stuff. But it wasn't some crazy thing, some hippy music household that maybe people expect it to be.

OK. SAMPLE QUOTE FROM MARK RONSON'S MOTHER, ANN DEXTER-JONES:

"I feel Mark could really do anything. He has that Renaissance energy. Did you know he has a Mensa IQ? He wrote me the most incredible song for my birthday – it brought tears to my eyes – called 'Thank You for Being My Mother, and Thank You for Being My Friend.' He's so embarrassed that I play it for people. I think somebody should market it for Mother's Day."

SHE IS AMAZING.

Also, you've just dyed your hair blonde. What was the inspiration for your new 'do?
I think I watched this old Boy George documentary and the guy that he used to go out with – Kirk Brandon – I thought he looked quite cool with this blonde quiff and so I thought I'd try it out.

I JUST SAID 'DO'. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

I just did the same thing – did any of your hair fall out?
No, not yet. Well, every time I comb it a giant clump comes out but, what are you gonna do?

SO? MARK RONSON'S HAIR IS FALLING OUT! SCOOP!