Lindsay Lohan’s ex-girlfriend, the superstar DJ Samantha Ronson, discusses her confessional new album, Chasing the Reds, in a rare interview.
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Spanning a mashup of disparate genres including garage rock, ‘80s pop, hip-hop, and acoustic lullabies, “When I first started making the record two years ago, my life was so public,” Ronson said.
“I didn’t want to make a record where people would say, ‘This song is about that.’ But I think there’s also a way to keep things specific and private without losing a connection with the listener.”First, the backstory.
Before Ronson was rocking club bangers by Ke$ha and LMFAO or hobnobbing with the likes of Nicole Richie and DJ AM, turns out she had her sights set on becoming an acoustic balladeer in the Ani Di Franco mold.
In the early 2000s, alterna-rocker Duncan Sheik caught a live performance by Ronson in New York and volunteered to produce her demo tape.
Inspired by her brother Mark Ronson (who went on to great acclaim as a producer, working with such artists as Amy Winehouse), Samantha took up DJ'ing at various clubs and parties.
And while spinning at an exclusive event in Manhattan one night, she bumped into music mogul Damon Dash, then label head of Jay-Z’s Roc-a-Fella Records, who asked her to play him her acoustic music.
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I try to not have anything I do be dictated by what others expect.” What few outside Ronson’s close circle of friends expected, however, was her self-released and deeply personal debut album, Chasing the Reds—a CD that showcases the performer’s sensitive side as a singer-songwriter and arrives at a time when Ronson is still mainly known for something she’s not particularly eager to discuss.
From 2008 to 2010, she was romantically involved with Lindsay Lohan in a tumultuous tabloid swirl that encompassed many of the former tween movie queen’s most notable flame-outs, drunken missteps, and arrests.
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