'I wish my mate was here' says producer
Ronson, who produced Winehouse‘s ‘Back To Black’ album for which she took home a record-breaking five awards yesterday, said he was shocked at the warm reception the album has received in America.
“The whole way the record has gone from its inception to the way it’s been received has been a surprise,” he said.
“I wish Amy was here because she’s my mate and you’ve been through this ride together. We created a record and tonight is the pinnacle of that because it’s the most prestigious night in music, but the INS had other plans,” said Ronson, referring to the delay of Winehouse‘s US visa which made it impossible for her to attend the Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles.
When asked about the singer’s ongoing struggle with drug addiction, Ronson replied, “I try not to comment on her personal life because it’s not my role.” But the producer had plenty to say about working with her in the studio.
“Amy’s amazing to work with because there’s no b-s with her. Amy’s like, ‘I hate it’ the minute you play her something she doesn’t like. It’s hard to deal with at first but at the same time it makes everything that comes out of her so honest.”
–By our Los Angeles staff.
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