A round of applause for Mark Ronson and his Favourite Band Ever for putting on an unforgettable closing night at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
28 June 2023
Audemars Piguet is happy to unveil the next step in its collaboration with Mark Ronson for his second year as Brand Ambassador. Audemars Piguet has tasked the British-American DJ, songwriter and record producer with the mission to create an exclusive and collaborative show to celebrate the closing night of the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 15.
For this occasion, Mark Ronson will put the musicians who have marked his career, alongside some of his protégés such as Lucky Daye and Yebba, in the spotlight through creative director Daphnée Lanternier’s unique perspective. Entitled Mark Ronson and his Favourite Band Ever, the concert pays tribute to the music family it brings together. The creative process of this show was captured by the camera of Lauren Luxenberg and can be discovered in the film Syncing Sounds – Live.
Captured by London-based film director Lauren Luxenberg, Syncing Sounds - Live follows Mark Ronson as he thinks up the best show possible for the Montreux stage. Follow the different conversations which led to the conception of the show, from text messages and voice notes to exchanges between Mark Ronson, his guests and Daphnée Lanternier.
The film not only reveals the selection of artists and their repertoire but also retraces the months of preparation that culminated with a jam session organised in New York prior to the closing night of the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Audemars Piguet invited Mark Ronson to create a unique collaborative concert for the closing night of the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 15.
For the occasion, Mark Ronson has asked talented artists usually working in the shadow to join him on stage. He notably invited several musicians who performed on iconic titles for artists such as Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars.
This group includes trumpet player Dave Guy who notably played in Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie;” drummer, composer and producer Homer Steinweiss who contributed to Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black album; bass guitarist, drummer and composer Nick Movshon who played in Bruno Mars’ “Locked out of Heaven;” saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith; multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Leon Michels and percussionist Elizabeth Pupo-Walker who collaborated with the likes of Elvis Costello, John Legend and Harry Styles.
These talented, yet often little-known musicians will be gathered around Mark Ronson and his protégés: Yebba and Lucky Daye. Singer and songwriter Yebba made her debut in 2017 with her first track “Evergreen.” Since then she has collaborated with various artists including Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Drake. R&B artist Lucky Daye released his first EP in 2018. With one Grammy Award received in 2022 and 11 nominations, Lucky Daye has gained international fame.
Gathered on the stage of a festival that has launched the career of many artists, Mark Ronson, together with Yebba, Lucky Daye and his Favourite Band Ever, will play some of the biggest hits in his career in front of the Montreux audience. The DJ and producer worked with creative director Daphnée Lanternier, whose work in both fashion and music brought an innovative, immersive perspective on scenography. A mirror hanging over the crowd and transforming into a screen during the concert will enable to connect public and artists. With its intimate atmosphere and focus on human talents, the show will bring the audience back to the essence of music.
With this collaboration, Audemars Piguet and Mark Ronson continue their mission to promote human talent by generating creative encounters that bring together different worlds to create the extra-ordinary and touch the public’s heart.
Fascinated by music from an early age, Mark Ronson is now an internationally acclaimed DJ and producer as well as the winner of an Oscar, a Golden Globe and seven Grammy Awards. He began his DJ career in New York in the late 1990s and became known for his blend of funk, hip-hop and rock. His second album, Version, catapulted him onto the international music scene. Over the course of his career, he has collaborated with prestigious artists such as Amy Winehouse, Adele, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Queens of the Stone Age. In 2018, he won an Oscar for the track Shallow that he co-wrote for the film A Star is Born. Since 2022, Mark Ronson has been an Audemars Piguet ambassador as part of the Long-term APxMusic programme that is dedicated to the creative process and the promotion of talent in the field.
Audemars Piguet celebrates the beginning of its partnership with Mark Ronson with the launch of a dedicated long-term collaborative programme revolving around the process of creation and the nurturing of human talents.