Mark Ronson on How Being a DJ Has Helped Him as a Musician and Producer
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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Scooter Braun Reveals What It’s Like to Manage Justin Bieber and Kanye West
Scooter Braun and Justin Bieber on a fishing trip. (via Instagram)
Scooter Braun recently spoke with renowned journalist Charlie Rose about what it’s like managing Justin Bieber and Kanye West, the latter of which signed with Braun in March.
Braun, who also manages Martin Garrix, discussed how he discovered Bieber and knew that the singer would be a star. The 34-year-old also explained how Bieber was able to overcome his struggles and how his collab with Skrillex and Diplo, “Where Are U Now,” came about.
As for Kanye West, Braun said that Yeezy is often misunderstood and explained why the rapper is one of the best people he’s ever met.
Watch the full convo below.
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Diplo Discusses Major Lazer’s Historic Cuba Concert
Major Lazer performs in Havana, Cuba on Mar. 6, 2016. (Kent Anderson)
Last weekend, Major Lazer made history when they performed a free concert in Havana, Cuba for an estimated 400,000 fans. It was the first show by a major American act since diplomatic ties were restored between the two countries after decades of isolation.
To learn more about the concert, award-winning journalist Charlie Rose traveled to Havana to interview Major Lazer member Diplo for CBS This Morning. The two cruised around the capital city while they discussed the significance of the event, why Major Lazer’s single “Lean On” became a worldwide hit and more.
“I think it’s important to play places like this where the music is still brand new,” Diplo said. “These are the guys who are gonna change it. The kids in Havana, the kids in Pakistan, the kids in India — [they’re] the ones who are gonna to bring it to a new level.”
“I was surprised by how much they knew, how culturally aware the kids are, considering there’s sort of a blockade of culture reaching Cuba. And I think it’s going to change a lot, because when information starts to come, you can’t stop that flow.”
Watch the inspiring interview below.
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The Most Serious Skrillex and Diplo Interview Yet
“We’ve always been outsiders in this dance world.” – Diplo
Veteran journalist Charlie Rose has interviewed some of the world’s most important people on his PBS talk show. From President Obama and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld, Rose has achieved legendary status.
While the award-winning host has spoken with all kinds of celebrities, his musical guests are usually few and far between. Wednesday night’s episode was one of the rarities, though, as Rose sat down with Skrillex and Diplo aka Jack U for an intimate half-hour discussion about the group’s mission and philosophy. Other topics that were discussed include drug use in EDM and whether producers should be considered musicians.
If you like Rose’s style, we also recommend watching his interview with Nas from last year.
Related: A-Trak Gets Busy with Jack U’s ‘Beats Knockin”
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook Explains Beats by Dre Acquisition
During a recent interview with PBS’s Charlie Rose, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook was asked why he acquired Beats by Dre. In addition to wanting to work with the creative minds of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, Cook said he saw value in their music subscription service, Beats Music.
“They [Beats by Dre] recognized that human curation was important in the subscription service — that the sequencing of songs that you listen to affect how you feel. It’s hard to describe, but you know when you feel it.”
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