Today I was extremley lucky to meet the wonderful Mark Ronson and have a quick catch up before his gig at London's Hackney Empire as part of his current UK tour. Ronson spent 3 hours of this chilly Wednesaday afternoon djing at his favourite West London record store (Rough Trade West), coming 2 days after the release of his 3rd album titled Record Collection- featuring the likes of MNDR, Ghostface Killah, Kyle Falconer, Spank Rock, Rose Elinor Dougall, Boy George, Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes.

I quickly rushed sraight from school- so this is what I wore:

(Mark Ronson said it looked 'fucking cool'- so it couldn't have been too bad eee!)

So Mark...

How did you first get into producing?
Well, when I was younger I played in bands, and I guess I got really into hip-hop, but I didn't want to end up being a rapper, so I started out making beats for rappers I met and songs- which I did for a long time beofre I had any hits. The first proper thing I did was (1st album) Here Comes The Fuzz, when I was 25 which didn't really set the world on fire, but it lead me on to meeting people like Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse and set the ball rolling.

You've worked with many commendable artists, who has been your favourite to work for?
I guess all of them, there isn't really one that stands out to me, as they're all talented. This record was really a core unit, and working with people like Rose (Elinor Dougal), Alex (Greenwald) and Dave gave a really big contribution. Everyone did an amazing job, like Andrew (Wyatt) and Miike Snow.

Is there anyone you aspire to work with?
There are lots of people I love in music, but not in a way that I'd necessarily like to work with them. I wouldn't want to make something average with someone I love.

I know this is quite a tiny taster of an interview, I was pretty starstruck and literally managed to scribble down the answers to a few questions I'd had in mind to ask him- unfortunately I couldn't think of the rest at the time, but this is hopefully the start of many '5 minutes with...' posts! So I hope you enjoyed!

Record Collection is out now to buy!


5 minutes with: Mark Ronson

some photos from a shoot I did with the gorgeous Jess yesterday!

it was acceptable in the seventies

Best Coast- When I'm With You

After the recent release of their gorgeously fun and airy debut album ' Crazy for you' I've taken a huge shining to this band, and without sounding painfully cheesey I'm 'crazy for it' (didn't see that one coming). 'When I'm with you', is just one of the songs on the album that will make you wish you were as bloody cool as front girl Bethany, whilst creating an aura of a breezy 70's to 90's Californian grunge scene making it a perfect summer to autumn anthem- (for a matter of fact anything off of their debut is worth listening to).

Yuck- Automatic/Georgia

Compared to vocals of Bon Iver, Daniel's soothing tones teamed with minimal instrumentals are the complete autumn chill out song. Contrasting to other songs of their's such as 'Georgia' which are more guitair heavy, this is certainly relaxing and a real success in the making.

Avi Buffalo- Summer Cum

The testostorone fuelled lyrics of Summer Cum, wouldn't be deemed unfamiliar in that of a teen boy on his way back from a long Summer camp on the west coast of the U.S, having shared his 'first time' with the 'girl of his dreams'. The cheeky self concious lyrics weaved through the tingly guitar, slightly reminicent of that of Magic Kids, paint a perfectly dirty picture of adolescent romance.

Surfer Blood- Take It Easy

Described on their live performance by a viewer, the 'the kid's that weren't cool at school, but are now'- 'Take it Easy' is a gloriously catchy sing along from their debut Astro Coast. Contrary to what you'd prehaps suspect from this band, Take is Easy is filled with romantic (but not cheesey) lyrics, and beats you wouldn't be embarrassed to 'pop' at a beach party.

listen to
THIS version (shows how additionally good live they are)

Everything Everything- Photoshop Handsome

The surreal, scrabble like lyrics and the off the scale pitched notes all make this song noteable, as well as the hyperative yet organised synth and the fact that they are most definitely the next big thing. "MORE DOLLAR! LESS SHCOLAR! LESS TIME!"

Pulled Apart By Horses- High Five. Swan Dive. Nose Dive.

I'm starting to almost find it irritating, how often I'm listening to the first thrity seconds of this song and then consequently how quickly it stays glued in my head. Nonetheless, the whole song is good- (definitely the first 30 seconds though) and it successfully manages to achieve the exhibition of about 3 different styles of song all rolled into one.

The Like- He's Not A Boy

From watching the 60's clad video for the first time, I couldn't look back. After listening to this, you will realise your wardrobe is by no means complete without a black and white peter pan style item, liquid eyeliner and an instant beehive hairdo. However, with clear inspiration from all girl 60's girl groups, The Like have conjured the perfect guitar to femi-vocal ratio, and it's working.

I Blame Coco- Spirit Golden

Coco's husky vocals teamed with the dance beats, make for a really interesting new sound. Having experimented with acoustics and dance, I Blame Coco seems to have found a comftable balance. The repetative chorus, leaves the song with you for hours and after just one listen it's clear this is one of her best yet.


current a/w playlist

So, I've begun my A2 photography project, essentially based on fashion decade to decade, and I took my first proper pictures yesterday! What do you think?

snappy snap

This week I went a little spending crazy and bought a gorgeous dress and some sauve shoes. Thing is, I've been waiting to have enough to buy this dress for weeks and I'm so pleased to finally get it!

The shoes were quite a spontaneous buy, but after my Primark loafers finally wore out (after months may I add) I felt it necessary to purchase some long lasting loafers and here they are! Despite them being quite a fair bit more than I'd usually spend on shoes, I noticed Miss Chung and Miss Cotton also have pairs- so I feel I have done the right thing haha!

Both items are also incredibly versatile and go with pretty much everything, so I feel I have invested well- especially with the 'greige' of the dress tying in with the trends of this Autumn yay! Have you purchased anything wonderful lately?


a couple of my favourite things

New York Fashion Week has just finished, and London Fashion week is just beginging- which can only mean the spring forcasts and catwalk trends are out and coming for next season, and I've been eagerly anticipating what next spring has in store. One show at NYFW that I feel has outdone itself (as per) and has also summed up next year for us is the wonderful Marc by Marc Jacobs.

To begin with I wasn't entirely surprised by one of the trends that arose from the collection (and in that of Henry Holland's- which was also fantastic). Stripes have been in ever since someone learnt how to draw a line and the French were fashionable (pretty much since time began), and as much as I love the breton stripe, I can't say it oozes incredible originality, especially as it seems to have been everywhere this year. Despite this, I can't say I don't love how it's being worked in thr Marc by Marc Jacobs collection. Teamed with the nudes of last season, and introducing flirty vivacious pinks, sun-kissed peahces and fucshias for next, I think it's been given an exciting new twist which I can't wait to see introduced to the highstreet!

Similar to that of Diane Von Furstenberg, another trend that was clear in the new collection was the bold use of 70's shapes, styles and boyant colours. The appearance of high wasted flared trousers, oversized straw sun hats and asymetric/halter neck floaty frocks were also unveiled, in a pallet of cerise, burnt yellows, and bight blues, the summery colours we all know and love. Don't get me wrong though, there were also a comftable selection of pale khakis and nudes- carrying over the immensly successful trends of last year, and adding bold shapes and patterns making them the hottest new thing of the year ahead.


Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 11 & friends.



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