Mark Ronson: ‘Baile-funk and Usher inspires Paul McCartney’s new album’

Producer says he does not question McCartney on his ideas

Mark Ronson has said that Paul McCartney has been inspired by Usher and funk music on his forthcoming album, which Ronson is producing.

The producer revealed in a new interview with Rolling Stone that the Beatles legend is as inspired by new and breaking sounds as he is by the music he has made all his life. Saying that he does not challenge McCartney on his decisions, Ronson said: “With Paul, you learn to not ask too many questions and just do your best work. 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.'”

Meanwhile, Ronson also spoke about his next solo album which us taking a “more hip-hop” direction than his recent work. “I’m focusing on getting my album done,” he says. “It’s going to be closer to my first record than any I’ve made since. At the base, it’s more hip-hop – just me in a room making beats on an MPC. I just really feel a little more like staking an identity again, making clear what I’m about. I’m 37 – I’ve got eight more years to make angry-youth music, so I just feel like doing that now.”


McCartney’s next solo album – the follow-up to last year’s ‘Kisses On The Bottom’ also includes collaborations with producer Ethan Johns, who described the LP as “classic Paul”. “He’s still one of the most extraordinary recording talents,” he says. “There’s a song on the record called ‘Hosanna’ which is absolutely heartbreaking – just Paul and an acoustic guitar. It’s gorgeous,” he told NME at the end of last year.

Meanwhile, Paul McCartney has announced plans for a 2013 tour, entitled Out There!. Although he has only revealed two dates so far – at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland on June 22 and the Happel Stadium in Vienna, Austria on June 27 – he said that more dates will be announced shortly.