April 10, 2013


Mark Ronson: Baile Funk and Usher Inspired Paul McCartney's New Album


Last we heard from Mark Ronson about producing for Paul McCartney, the British DJ/producer was calling the recording process "insane" (in a good way) and explaining, to that one person who's never heard the Beatles, that Macca "writes good songs."

Now he's revealed to Rolling Stone that baile funk and Usher have both played roles in McCartney's upcoming new album. "With Paul, you learn to not ask too many questions and just do your best work," Ronson told the magazine. "He came in one day playing some post-Bonde do Role baile funk-moombahton thing, asking, 'How do we get this kind of energy?' And then he played me 'Climax' by Usher, and he was like, 'I love where all the sonics sit in this.'"

While you envision the 70-year-old former Beatle walking through a disheveled alley in Rio de Janeiro bumping CSS and Looking 4 Myself on his iPod, we patiently await McCartney's new direction.

Last month, Ronson explained his process on working with the musical legend. "He's done every kind of music. He invented the rule book in several different ways," Ronson said. "I don't know if [our stuff] is revolutionary, but they're brilliant songs. I just tried to give him a sound he was looking for."