DJ and percussionist Mark Ronson is a sought-after artist, who's worked with such diverse artists as Macy Gray, Jay-Z, and Amy Winehouse.
The son of legendary rock guitarist Mick Ronson and the stepson of guitarist Mick Jones of Foreigner, Ronson spent the first eight years of his life growing up in the UK. Having played drums and guitar from an early age, it wasn't until moving to New York City with his mother that Ronson discovered DJ culture.
At age 16, already a fan of such popular hip-hop artists as Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys, Mark Ronson began listening to the various hip-hop mixtapes released every few months by DJs. Inspired, Ronson confiscated his father's record collection and began trying his hand at mixing.
Fusing his eclectic turntable skills with his knowledge of musical instruments and songwriting, Ronson embarked on his first solo project in 1999. Featuring such diverse guest artists as dancehall rapper Sean Paul, hip-hop artist Mos Def, Jack White of the White Stripes, and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, Ronson's debut album, "Here Comes the Fuzz", was released in 2003 via Elektra.