Mark Ronson vs DJ Buzzkill aka Comedian Jordan Rubin "It's Not A Competition"
On the eve of Mark Ronson releasing 'Version', he wanted to do something different for BLAG. So he got together with his friend, comedian Jordan Rubin and masterminded to create a truly exclusive interview for us. It was here Jordan evolved into DJ Buzzkill to put Mark on his toes. Or at least try to.
Interview by DJ Buzzkill
Photography by Sarah J. Edwards
Mark Ronson gets interviewed by DJ Buzzkill
(as recorded by Jordan Rubin)
The past year has been alright for Mark Ronson. After injecting his signature 1960’s pop-soul meets hip hop sound into massive records for Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse and Christina Aguilera (to name a few), he’s in the unique position of being a hit artist in his own right. His new album ‘Version’ burst into the charts at #2 and its lead single ‘Stop Me’ did the same. Somehow, Ronson manages to still find time to DJ at nightspots from Camden to Vegas, run his ‘Authentic Shit’ internet radio show every Friday on East Village Radio, while also rehearsing a full live band for an upcoming run of European Festivals. We sat down with the man to talk about his recent endeavors...
DJ Buzzkill: In the past year, you’ve produced three number one albums: Robbie Williams, Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse. Would you say that you have the Midas touch?
Mark Ronson: That feels strange to say, but I guess.
DJ Buzzkill: Aha! So your records only go gold then?
Mark Ronson: They actually all went platinum.
DJ Buzzkill: Right, but Midas turned things to gold. anyway...so your album went to number two in the charts.
Mark Ronson: Yeah it’s really exciting.
DJ Buzzkill: Exciting? You Lost.
Mark Ronson: It’s not a competition.
DJ Buzzkill: Oh, really? So you’re saying that if you came number two in a marathon you’d be happy about it?
Mark Ronson: You’re comparing the charts to a marathon?
DJ Buzzkill: In a matter of speaking.
Mark Ronson: Next question.
DJ Buzzkill: Sorry, mate. Moving along... Where do you see hip hop in five or 10 years? Will it continue to evolve, or is it dead like that guy in the film ‘Weekend at Bernie’s?’
Mark Ronson: You mean Bernie?
DJ Buzzkill: I don’t remember the bloke’s name. He was the lead homeboy in ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’. MR: Yeah, um back to your question...hip hop is always evolving. On this album I’m doing covers of mostly indie guitar records, but there are obvious major influences from the RZA and the Bomb Squad in the backbone and the arrangements. As DJ’s, we’re always interweaving genres, for decades now... And in my own music, I feel it adds something to the sound when you use the live instruments and strings and horns. I think it’s always important to play around with convention. Like I remember when I first heard The Roots. That was the first time I’d ever heard people rapping over a hip hop beat, created by live instruments that really had an effect on me.
DJ Buzzkill: And you’re not just saying that to kiss ?uestlove’s ass?
Mark Ronson: Not at all. He’s a close friend of mine.
DJ Buzzkill: Ha. Prove it.
Mark Ronson: I don’t need to prove it...
The original story was first published in BLAG Vol. 2 Nø 10 print edition in 2009.
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