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THE PRODUCERS

BEHIND THE MUSIC

Super-producer, DJ, pop star and all-round tastemaker, Mark Ronson has sprinkled fairy dust over some of the biggest hits of the 21st century. He created one of the all-timegreat party songs with Uptown Funk, and helped catapult Amy Winehouse and Adele to superstardom; but he’s just as adept at coaxing great new material out of veterans such as Duran Duran and Paul McCartney. Now Ronson has teamed up with equally prolific whippersnapper Thomas Wes ‘Diplo’ Pentz for his latest project, Silk City. It’s a celebration of dance music both old and new, paying homage to the cities that inspired so many DJ classics over the decades.

The name Silk City conjures up images of house music from a very specific time in history...

“What we make is ‘night music’. You think of cities and you think of Detroit, Chicago, London, New York, Paris, Manchester and then the Silk part, of course, makes you think of Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, for sure. There’s this really iconic diner in Philadelphia called Silk City – at night, they would have parties and DJs. It’s where a lot of the Philly neo-soul movement started, people like King Britt. I also met Wes there. 15 years later, when we were working on our first music, we were going back and forth with all these names. I went: ‘What was the name of that diner where we met?’ He replied: ‘Silk City’. I was like: ‘Why are we still talking about what our name should be? That’s the best name ever’.”

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