Mark Ronson names his favourite funk clubs and cities
One month after the release of his new album “Uptown Special”, Mark Ronson is travelling the world promoting the record and playing DJ sets. It's been a year and a half since he started work on his fourth studio album — which features collaborations with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Bruno Mars — and Ronson shows no sign of slowing down. We caught up with the England-born-New-York-bred producer while he was in town to chat everything travel, gigs and funk.
“I’m definitely not taking it easy, but my work is fun, so I don’t even see it as work,” explained Ronson. “When you’re playing festivals you have the week free in between, but this time [in Sydney] I’m wall-to-wall DJ gigs.”
Playing at the best clubs and venues in the world makes it hard to pick your favourite crowd. Ronson revealed it is sometimes the most obscure destination that makes for the best gigs. “You can go to places like Warsaw in Poland, to a city you’ve never been before, and not even know if anyone listens to your music and then play this amazing show. It’s the ones that surprise you.”
The original King of Funk says there are tons of funk clubs that will set your groove going. He learnt everything he knows about music growing up in New York City and going to the legendary Soul Kitchen, which has since closed. Nowadays his pick would be World HQ in Newcastle, England, “It’s all murals of Bob Marley”.
Mark Ronson's "Uptown Special", feauturing #1 single "Uptown Funk" is available now.