Ronson's Diplomacy Stems From 'Volatile' Upbringing
Superproducer Mark Ronson used the diplomatic skills he learned while growing up in a "volatile" household to get the best out of Amy Winehouse and the Kaiser Chiefs in the recording studio.
The beatmaker was raised in London with his music executive dad Laurence and socialite mum Ann Dexter-Jones, before the pair split and she moved to America with the children.
Ronson went on to create hit albums for Winehouse and Lily Allen, and insists his time dealing with a heavy-drinking dad enabled him to become "hyper-sensitive" to emotional situations in the studio.
He tells Britain's Esquire, "My family environment was volatile from one day to the next when I was growing up, so there was that slight thing of always keeping the peace. My sisters were a bit too young to know what was going on, and my dad's temper at that time, because he was drinking and partying and whatever else, was quite volatile, so I would always be the one going, 'Shhh, don't make any noise, because otherwise daddy's going to get upset.'
"It was more a thing of always being hyper-aware of and sensitive to the feelings and emotions of everyone around me - which is not really a bad thing to have when you're getting in a room with five Kaiser Chiefs or an emotionally fraught singer who is very raw and puts everything she has into the songs, and you're trying to coax that out in a way that doesn't become too intrusive or personal."