December 19, 2011 8:19

Mark Ronson: 'I thought I was never going to make it until I met Amy Winehouse'

Producer credits late singer with helping him achieve success

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson has revealed that he had almost given up his hopes of success until he met Amy Winehouse.

The producer, who worked with the late singer on her 2006 album 'Back To Black' and has also contributed to her posthumous LP 'Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures', told the Observer that before he met Winehouse he thought he would never have a hit record.

He said: "I'd been producing records for 12 years before I met Amy, and I'd been trying so hard to have hits, but without any luck."

He then went on to add:

The moment I thought to myself: 'I'm never going to make it, I may as well just make music that I like' is the moment I met Amy – we just created what we and she wanted rather than being concerned about what was on the radio at the time. If you try and chase that sort of success, you just end up making cookie-cutter records.

Ronson also claimed that he was fortunate to have worked with Winehouse, adding: "Ultimately, Amy was one of those rare artists who made a very important record and they loved her – I was just lucky enough to be there to go along for that ride."

In September this year, Ronson paid tribute to Amy Winehouse at his wedding to model/actress Josephine De La Baume. According to a guest at the wedding, Winehouse would have sung at the event had she still been alive.

Earlier this month (December 11), Amy Winehouse's posthumous album 'Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures' went straight in at Number One in the Official UK Albums Chart. The singer's father Mitch has said that his family wouldn't have given their permission to release the LP unless it was comparable in quality to her 2003 debut 'Frank' and 'Back To Black'.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Radiohead's Philip Selway unveils sci-fi video for first track from new solo album
Jenny Lewis launches her own wine
The Gaslight Anthem perform for gym team in 'Rollin' And Tumblin'' video - watch
Arcade Fire cover Creedence Clearwater Revival live - watch
The Cribs reveal Ric Ocasek of The Cars will produce their new album
Damon Albarn and The Courteeners - tickets on sale 9am Friday (August 1)
The Libertines say they 'rehearsed for one hour' before Hyde Park gig in London
Lorde to curate 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' soundtrack
Brian Eno compares Israel to 'the Klan' in strongly-worded letter about...
Noel Gallagher's daughter asks owners of Oasis-inspired dog kennel to stop breeding pedigrees
Lily Allen says Miley Cyrus' live show is 'up there with Oasis or the Stone Roses'
Alice Cooper and Kiss pay tribute to late Lou Reed guitarist Dick Wagner
Ariel Pink recalls time he was maced in the face by 'a feminist'
BBC 6 Music overtakes Radio 3 for first time as 1Xtra falls below a million listeners
Justin Bieber posts picture of Orlando Bloom crying after Ibiza fight reports
Neon Jungle 'no comment' over claims they covered Banks song without artist's...
Lostprophets members could have been 'groomed' by Ian Watkins, says child abuse expert
Alt-Fest organisers are 'dealing with extremely challenging issues' amid cancellation...
Jamie T unveils five new songs on UK comeback tour
Foxygen announce 24-track new album, promising 'a gaggle of guest stars'
Kylie Minogue, Lulu and Deacon Blue to perform at Commonwealth Games closing ceremony
Beastie Boys' Mike D: 'Grunge was a death sentence to the rock that preceded it'

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today