Mark Ronson Talks ‘Joanne,’ Shangri-La Studios And Introducing Lady Gaga To Beck

Rachel Sonis | October 18, 2016 12:29 pm

Lady Gaga‘s fourth album Joanne will be officially out this Friday (though it’s already leaked online), and she’s been in full press mode as of late. Now, the LP’s executive producer Mark Ronson sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about the highly-anticipated project, particularly working in the famous Shangri-La Studios.

“I’d never been [to Shangri-La] before and it was insane,” Ronson told the publication. “Neil Young was in mixing a live album, so you’re coming in and seeing Neil walk past you on this hallowed ground. There’s something special about the place.”

Here are some other highlights from the interview.

On Joanne: “Everything she wrote about was honest, and you hear that in how she’s singing. I was just playing it at a photo shoot and this kid said, ‘This is amazing – what is it?’ When I said it was Gaga, his mouth dropped in shock. She’s made incredible records, but this is raw and exposed in a way that maybe she’s never sounded before.”

On introducing Gaga to Beck: “For Gaga, it was like meeting her idol. Beck is pretty much her favorite influential artist of the past 20 years. She was a fan girl at first.”

On “Perfect Illusion” sounding like Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach”: “Obviously, that was some kind of accident.”

Read the full chat here.

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