Josh Homme: Mark Ron­son is a mu­sic fan

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Josh Homme asked Mark Ron­son to pro­duce Queens of the Stone Ages’ new record be­cause he cares about fans. The Amer­i­can rock­ers are gear­ing up to re­lease ‘Vil­lains’ on Au­gust 25, and the 44-year-old front­man says he knew straight away that the ‘Up­town Funk’ hit­maker should help them after he shared a story about meet­ing a fan who was ex­cited to hear the ‘No One Knows’ groups’ new mu­sic. Asked by BBC 6 Mu­sic why he picked Ron­son - who has worked with the likes of Amy Wine­house, Lily Allen and Bruno Mars - he ex­plained: “The rea­son I asked Mark Ron­son to do this is be­cause he called me the other night and said ... I was at a restau­rant, he was a lit­tle bit tipsy, he was here in Lon­don and I was in the States and he goes I was just at this restau­rant and this 19-year-old blonde kid was a bus boy and said I don’t want to get in trou­ble, but I am so ex­cited to hear the Queens of Stone Age record, I loved the first song and then Ron­son said come back here at the end of your meal and I will let you lis­ten to some­thing on my phone that no one has heard. “He calls me and he goes and: ‘I did and he was so ex­cited’. I just thought that is ex­actly why I asked you to do this be­cause you are a mu­sic fan...” Homme ad­mires the 41-year-old song­writer for not lim­it­ing him­self to work­ing with one kind of artist or band. He con­tin­ued: “... And my whole ca­reer some­thing has come up, whether it is to do a sound­track or some­one says, ‘OK you should do this thing be­cause it’s rock’, in­sin­u­at­ing that you can’t do any­thing else so don’t give him that. Here, why don’t you just sweep over here and keep your­self busy. “I think every­body that likes mu­sic lis­tens to what­ever they think is good. “They know when the time is right to hear some­thing and I would love to be in a band that has mu­sic for all those mo­ments for me as a fan. I felt like I made some­thing for all those mo­ments for me too. “Mark has worked on all kinds of dif­fer­ent stuff, buy you should. “And if you do one thing, it doesn’t mean it is pro­hib­i­tive to do­ing some­thing else.”

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