. The stepson of guitarist
spent the first eight years of his life growing up in England. Having played guitar and drums from an early age, it wasn't until moving to New York City with his mother that
discovered DJ culture. At age 16, already a fan of such popular hip-hop artists as
began listening to the various hip-hop mixtapes released every few months by DJs. Inspired,
confiscated his father's record collection and began trying his hand at mixing.
The young DJ with the diverse taste soon caught the ears and eyes of various socialites and New York celebrities, including fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, who featured Ronson
along with other sons and daughters of celebrities in a 1997 fashion campaign. A year later, hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs
to DJ his fabled 29th birthday bash. These and other high-profile gigs boosted Ronson
's "hip quotient" and helped promote his more serious-minded music career. Fusing his eclectic turntable skills with his knowledge of musical instruments and songwriting, Ronson
eventually embarked on his first solo project. Featuring such diverse guest artists as dancehall rapper Sean Paul
, hip-hop artist Mos Def
, Jack White
of the White Stripes
, and Rivers Cuomo
's debut album, Here Comes the Fuzz
, bowed for Elektra in 2003.
After releasing his debut album, Ronson
kept busy producing tracks for a number of artists, including Amy Winehouse
, whose 2006 album Back to Black
earned critical praise in large part for Ronson
's throwback, Motown-influenced production. His own sophomore effort, a collection of cover songs called Version
, dropped in 2007. In 2010, Ronson
began performing under the moniker Mark Ronson and the Business Intl and released his third studio album, Record Collection, featuring the single "Bang Bang Bang."