Mark Ronson’s ‘Watch the Sound’ Is a Wonderfully Geeky Window Into the Pop Machine

Before diving into Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson, his new documentary series for Apple TV+, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on Mark Ronson’s versatile, and impressively enduring, two-decade career as a chart-topping producer. There’s his breakout hit, 2003’s “Ooh Wee” featuring Ghostface Killah and Nate Dogg, and its joyously fizzy mash-up of disco and hip-hop; the rattling snares, handclaps, and trombones of his first single with Amy Winehouse, “Rehab”; and even the bluesy, ’60s-girl-group stylings of Back to Black as a whole. There’s the Nile Rodgers-inspired slap bass and jangling guitars that made “Uptown Funk” one of the most inescapable hits of the 2010s, and the folksy rock and irresistible melodies of Lady Gaga’s Oscar-winning “Shallow” from A Star Is Born. What unites them all, perhaps, is an analog, retro-feeling warmth that also always somehow manages to feel of the moment. 

But with Watch the Sound, it seems that Ronson is ready to show another side of himself: namely, the technical wizardry that underpins his work as a producer. It immediately becomes clear that Ronson has always been informed by the various technological innovations that have helped shape the musical landscape over the decades—just take those exhilarating chopped-up Boney M. and Dennis Coffey samples on “Ooh Wee”—and, appropriately, the show is divided into six episodes that spotlight one particular technique, such as autotune, sampling, or distortion. But instead of being about Ronson’s work, the show largely focuses on how those inventions have fed into the work of fellow musicians, including a handful of his regular collaborators—Kevin Parker, Dave Grohl, Ezra Koenig, King Princess—and an illustrious lineup of Ronson’s heroes, such as Paul McCartney, Kim Gordon, Questlove, and the Beastie Boys. “It might come through at times, but really I’m not there in this show to talk about what I do,” says Ronson. I’m there as a conduit to talk to these people about what they do.” 

Ronson makes a similar pivot in his recent podcast, The FADER Uncovered, which sees the musician turn his hand to a more conversational style of presenting. And while it speaks to the innate sense of curiosity that has always been part of Ronson’s genre-hopping musical identity, it’s also the product of what he believes is one of the strongest skills in any producer’s playbook: the ability to listen. “It always starts with that conversation, and being there as a conduit to get these brilliant people’s ideas out of their heads in the best and most appropriate way,” Ronson says. What seems to set Ronson apart from producers of the past—who tend to exist in the public consciousness as either sinister svengalis with a tight leash on their artists’ careers, or anonymous, geeky figures happy twiddling knobs in a dark room all day—is that Ronson is patient, self-effacing, and, well, clearly just a nice guy. There’s a reason that some of the fiercest talents of the past two decades have returned to him again and again. 

Here, Vogue speaks to Ronson about the origins of Watch the Sound, the importance of collaboration, and why it felt like the right time to add hosting to his repertoire.

Vogue: How did the concept for the show first come about?

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