Back in 2011, you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing one of several Bruno Mars hits, but for the past few months, he’s kept a pretty low profile.
That’s because he’s been locked inside a studio perfecting his second album, Unorthodox Jukebox.
“You know as far as the first album, it was a little rushed because of the success of ‘Nothin’ On You’ and ‘Billionaire.’ The label felt like we had to capitalize, which they’re absolutely right, he explained. “But this album, I went into the studio and said, ‘I’m going to do whatever I want.’ And every day, you know, whatever I feel that morning is what we’re going to try and capture. With this album, I felt…it’s awesome, Carson!”
“Locked Out Of Heaven” made its debut on the pop star’s YouTube channel and immediately afterwards, Mars hosted a Q&A session with his fans on Google+.
“That was creepy, man! Technology creeps me the hell out. All the people are logged on and looking at my mug. It was cool, man. We released the song, we had some champagne, and we’re celebrating.”
Bruno’s used to producing and co-writing smash hits for other artists. He’s had his hand in tracks for Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Flo Rida, but Unorthodox Jukebox is far from a solo affair. He’s lined up a ton of big-name producers including Mark Ronson, Diplo, and The Smeezingtons.
“I’ve been fans of every producer that’s on this album. These are the guys that I really, really wanted to work with. Even though I produce as well, you know it’s really just like, I have my thing, you know what I mean? But then you bring in a different character in to change some elements and it brings this whole new sound and it might inspire you to like something else or try something else.”
And even though the 26-year-old is experimenting with different sounds and lyrical content, Mars isn’t straying from his signature sound.
“I love big pop songs, you know what I mean? I’m not trying to be too cool for school and make some self-indulgent record. I’m being me definitely on this record.”
One of the songs on the album getting a lot of buzz is called “Gorilla” and according to Mars, it sounds like a hit.
“‘Gorilla’ was the first song we wrote for this album and it definitely sets a tone. It’s my personal favorite and I think it’s going to blow people’s faces off, Carson! I really, really do!”
There’s no word yet on when Mars will go on tour for Unorthodox Jukebox, but he wrote the whole album with performing in mind.
“The most fun I have in the world is performing live with my band. I learned so much because I had never been on tour before. Singing these songs off the first record every single night, I have such a better vision now of how I want to perform and how I want the stage to look and how I want the show to feel and I really put 100% focus on that on this album.”
And if he weren’t busy enough already, it was recently announced that Bruno Mars will be performing and guest hosting Saturday Night Live on October 20. So, can the crooner add comedian to his long list of talents?
“We’ll see! We’ll see what happens!”
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles