Mark Ronson on How Being a DJ Has Helped Him as a Musician and Producer

Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars in the studio.
Mark Ronson recently stopped by Charlie Rose’s show to discuss his Uptown Special album and what it’s like working with some of the biggest names in music. The Grammy-winner also spoke on his beginnings as a DJ and how it’s helped him as a musician and producer.

“Being a DJ is probably the closest you can get to having a modern musicology kind of course, you know. You learn everything about musicianship, arrangement, playing, especially if you’re studying old records. There’s a lot of great DJs like Dr. Dre and people like that that went on to become producers because it’s something about the way your mind works, about putting together music. But there’s also amazing producers that have never touched vinyl, so I think everybody has their own kind of entrance point.”

Watch the full interview below.

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