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

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’.