Amy Winehouse Ready to Record New Album, Says Mark Ronson

October 8, 2007 9:35 AM ET

Rock Daily chatted up Mark Ronson at New York City's Webster Hall the other day and received some interesting news: "As soon as I finish up the Daniel Merriweather record I am going back into the studio with Amy Winehouse to work on her new record," he told us. "She is actually dying to go back into the studio already. I was in London last weekend and I saw Amy and we actually talked about maybe finding a studio together. She is kind of ready now but we are on tour and she can't go in November because she is on tour, so we are figuring it out."

For anyone wondering just how the pair came up with the tracks on her breakthrough LP Back to Black, Ronson explained, "She pretty much writes everything just her on the acoustic guitar. So she will come in with a song and it sounds kind of like a jazz standard. I'll come up with the arrangement and maybe mess with the chords and beats and see what the guitars and bass will be doing. And the only song [on the last album] we actually collaborated on was 'Back to Black,' where I came up with the piano and the music and then she wrote on top of it. And she writes incredibly quick. When she is in her zone she is just really clever and her lyrics are really special." While Ronson didn't want to speculate on the new record's sound, he said the pair would avoid treading on the same ground twice: "I think that we can't do the same thing again -- it can't be like a Sixties element or Motown. If anything, I'd really like to make it sound older or more morbid or like really wall of sound," he mused, and added "But I don't want to second guess before I actually hear the songs."

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