Mark Ronson pays tribute to ‘extraordinarily smart and honest’ Amy Winehouse

Producer says there are periods where he thinks about Winehouse 'every day'

Mark Ronson has paid tribute to Amy Winehouse by calling the late singer “extraordinarily smart and honest” and stating that she’s “always around in the studio” when he’s working.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Afternoon Edition, Ronson discussed the inspirations he took from Winehouse before her death in 2011, as well as the sense of loss he’s felt since.

“I think certain kinds of lessons – whether they were studio lessons or life lessons, I learnt [from her]… she was extraordinarily smart and honest and all these things, and definitely had a lot of character things I looked up to. We were good friends,” Ronson said. “There were things I took away from our friendship and looked up to even though I was older, together in a superficial way. So yeah, just those things I think about – [it] could be a period where I think about it every day or it could be a period where it goes away for a little bit – but she’s always around in the studio.”

He added that although he feels proud of the work he and Winehouse did together, including Winehouse’s hit 2006 album ‘Back to Black’ as well as the cover of The Zutons’ ‘Valerie’ in 2011, he would rather have his friend still with him. “It’s both – I’d rather have her here and have sold five records of course, but I guess they’re two separate things. It’s kind of amazing. I met this girl and in the course of 10 days, we made this record that we were really into.

“At the same time all this stuff that came with it, [it] might have contributed to her not being here, I don’t really know, but they’re two different things in my head,” he said. You can watch the full interview below.

It was previously reported that Ronson has dedicated his new album ‘Uptown Special’ to Winehouse. In a note posted on Twitter, the music producer wrote: ” I’m always thinking of you, inspired by you and your music lives on in myself and everyone who ever felt it.”

‘Uptown Special’, which has been inspired by the New York hip-hop scene of the ’90s, was released yesrerday (January 19) via Columbia Records. Written and produced with Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Drake, Alicia Keys) over 18 months in London, Memphis, LA and New York City, it is Ronson’s fourth studio album and his first release since 2010’s ‘Record Collection’. It features appearances from Kevin Parker, Mystikal and Stevie Wonder as well as the UK Number One single ‘Uptown Funk’.