Mark Ronson

Silk City and Dua Lipa Drop New Single and Video, ‘Electricity’

Silk City

Diplo and Mark Ronson‘s duo Silk City has released three tracks since it debuted in May. Now, the duo returns with arguably their strongest single to date, “Electricity,” a feel-good house anthem featuring Dua Lipa.

Silk City also released a visual starring Dua herself. In the video, the English singer dances and sings in an apartment. She then makes her way to a warehouse-style party with some friends.

Watch above and download the track on DJcity.

Related: Watch Silk City’s ‘Only Can Get Better’ Video Feat. Daniel Merriweather

Watch Silk City’s ‘Only Can Get Better’ Video Feat. Daniel Merriweather

Silk City

Diplo and Mark Ronson’s duo, Silk City, has released a video for their debut single “Only Can Get Better” featuring Australian singer Daniel Merriweather. Released on Columbia Records, the disco-influenced track currently has 3.9 million streams on Spotify.

The visual is composed of gritty footage from some of Silk City’s first performances, including The Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City and Club Tempo in Los Angeles.

Watch the video above and download “Only Can Get Better” on DJcity.

Related: Watch Diplo Perform at Boiler Room’s London Headquarters

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.
 

 
Related: Mark Ronson Goes Digging for Vinyl at Amoeba Music

Mark Ronson Goes Digging for Vinyl at Amoeba Music


 
Aside from producing hits for superstars like Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson is an accomplished and respected figure in the DJ community. He’s also known for his eclectic taste in music, which has shaped his production style.
 
Recognizing Ronson’s in-depth knowledge of many genres, Amoeba Music invited him to go digging at their massive Hollywood store for their What’s In My Bag? series. Watch above to find out which records and CDs he picked up.
 
Related: The Story of Mark Ronson: From DJ and Behind the Scenes Producer to Superstar

The Story of Mark Ronson: From DJ and Behind the Scenes Producer to Superstar

Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson in the studio. (Rolling Stone)
 
Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” spent 14 weeks at number one this year, tying for the longest run at the top so far this century. However, the British DJ/producer had largely worked in the shadows of the artists he produced until then, like Adele and Amy Winehouse. Despite winning three Grammy awards for his work with Winehouse, it took years before Ronson achieved mainstream success as a solo artist.
 
CBS News recently aired an interview with Ronson about his dynamic career, from being a DJ and producing behind the scenes to evolving into a successful solo act. The eight-minute piece explores his relationship with Winehouse, the grueling process of recording “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars, and how it feels to have a number one song.
 

 
Related: Mark Ronson Makes Hits by Combining Real Musicians with Technology

Kid Impersonates Mystikal in Hilarious ‘Feel Right’ Video


 
Mark Ronson and Mystikal have performed “Feel Right” on various TV shows over the last month, and we expected to see the veteran rapper do the same in the music video. Such is not the case though, as today the two dropped hilarious visuals for the funky single that features a group of children impersonating Mystikal and the band. We’re not sure if the kid lip synching to Mystikal can actually rap or sing, but his stage presence is clearly off the charts.
 
Download: Mark Ronson ft. Mystikal – Feel Right
 
Related: Watch Mark Ronson and Mystikal Perform ‘Feel Right’ on Power 106

Watch Mark Ronson and Mystikal Perform ‘Feel Right’ on Power 106


 
Mark Ronson and veteran rapper Mystikal stopped by Los Angeles’ Power 106 on Friday to perform “Feel Right” on “The Cruz Show.” The performance featured Ronson on the turntables and Mystikal on the mic, almost as if channeling James Brown.
 
“Feel Right” is the third single off of Ronson’s Uptown Special album and was one of the most downloaded songs on DJcity in December.
 
Download: Mark Ronson ft. Mystikal – Feel Right
 
Related: ‘Uptown Funk’ Sung in Cartoon Voices

‘Uptown Funk’ Sung in Cartoon Voices


 
Once a song becomes a hit, it’s only a matter of time until numerous cover versions pop up on YouTube. This new take on Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” is something different, though. Watch above as YouTuber Mikey Bolts sings the funky smash in multiple cartoon voices, including characters from “Family Guy,” “King of the Hill” and “American Dad.”
 
Related: South Park Makes Fun of Music Production

Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ Receives Trap Remix by Instant Party

Instant Party
 
A trap remix of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”? You know it was going to happen. Enter Instant Party, an up-and-coming DJ/producer from Seattle that’s been making a lot of noise lately (pun intended). His bass-heavy remixes have already received support from heavyweights such as Diplo, Flosstradamus, Steve Aoki, DVBBS, and our homie Lil Jon, who put us on to his new offering.
 
Stream and download the remix exclusively at DJcity:
 
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Download: Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk – Instant Party Trap Remix
 
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Related: Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Perform ‘Uptown Funk’ on SNL

Mark Ronson Makes Hits by Combining Real Musicians with Technology

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
 
Before Mark Ronson produced “Uptown Funk,” the British DJ/producer/musician was best known for crafting Amy Winehouse’s breakthrough album, Back to Black, which includes the Grammy-winning smash, “Rehab.” Eight years later, Ronson’s career is poised to reach new heights, thanks to the success of his Bruno Mars-assisted anthem.
 
Currently the fourth most Shazamed song in the world and number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, “Uptown Funk” shows no signs of slowing. The track’s success didn’t come easy though, as it took half a year to finish.
 
During an interview with sports and entertainment website Grantland, Ronson spoke about the recording process of “Uptown Funk” and his preference for live instrumentation. Here’s what we learned from the interview:
 
“Uptown Funk” almost didn’t happen.

“It nearly self-destructed, like, 18 times because, you know, you get the seed of something that seems so magical and every time you go in to try and finish it or write the second verse, it never feels genuine or like the way it worked when you were doing it the first time … And the song would have these kinds of sessions, like two days straight, and, man, I’m just exhausted. Bruno would be like, ‘Sh#t, man, it breaks my heart, but maybe this song just wasn’t meant to be.'”

 
He thinks producers now use technology as a crutch.

“The ’80s were amazing because it was really when there were all these revolutions in producing styles, drum machines, samplers, and you had all these awesome records. You pick any one of them and none of them could have been made even five years prior — thinking of things like ‘The Reflex’ by Duran Duran, or Cyndi Lauper. All those records were great pop records and fully immersed in the best technology of their time, whereas now when we make records, we only use technology as a crutch to fix things.”

 
He believes people respond differently to real musicians.

“When I use technology, it’s not to fix things or to rob anyone’s human experience of listening to music … Maybe that’s why ‘Uptown Funk’ or ‘Rehab’ or any of these records jump out when you hear them at first, because something tells you that those are real people playing, and they’re the real musicians. Whatever it is, the human brain can hear that, whether you know what the difference is or not.”

 
He hopes to make hits for a long time.

“Richard Russell, who started XL Recordings, once told me, ‘The only thing you don’t want to sound like is something that came out last year.’ … Quincy [Jones] was, like, well into his fifties when he did ‘Thriller.’ I think I just want to be able to make good music. I don’t mind if I’m old or gray or bald or whatever it is.”

 

 
Download “Uptown Funk” and its remixes on DJcity.
 
Related: Mark Ronson’s Vinyl Collection