I came up DJing hip-hop clubs in the late 90s in New York, and I discovered funk music and soul music through the hip-hop artists that sampled it
Mark Daniel Ronson (born 4 September 1975) is an English musician, DJ, singer and music producer.
While his debut album Here Comes the Fuzz failed to make an impact on the charts, his second album, Version, included three top-10 hits and won Ronson a Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist in 2008. His third studio album, Record Collection, was released on 27 September 2010. Attending Vassar College and then New York University (NYU), Ronson became a regular at downtown hip hop spots and made his name as a DJ on the New York club scene in 1993. Influenced by funk, the hip hop scene of New York and the more rock influence of the UK he attracted a wider audience. He was soon one of the most respected DJs and was being called on for celebrities’ private parties. Ronson received a Grammy Award nomination in 2007 for ‘Producer of the Year, Non Classical’, along with Timbaland and Mike Elizondo. Ronson’s work with Amy Winehouse also received substantial praise, gaining 6 nominations. Back to Black, an album mostly produced by Ronson was nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’. Ronson won Grammys for ‘Producer of the Year’ as well as ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ and ‘Record of the Year’ (which he shared with Amy Winehouse) in 2008.