So we’ve labeled Mark Ronson a trust fund DJ before but he’s actually good at what he does. He comes from a silver-spoon family (his mom is socialite/writer Ann Dexter-Jones, he’s the stepson of Foreigner’s guitarist Mick Jones and brother to Lindsay Lohan’s party partner, Samantha Ronson, (they’re suing Perez Hilton btw) and Charlotte Ronson, his designer sis). He honed his skills at dingy Vassar and NYU kid haunts and became a renowned DJ in the ’90s for drawing socialites and rap stars to his downtown party at the now-shuttered club Life.
He keeps the party alive on East Village Radio every Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. with his Authentic Shit show (subscribe to the podcast here). In the tiny, closet-sized EVR booth on 1st Avenue, he plays classic hip-hop and R&B with new remixes of the acts he produces including Robbie Williams, Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse. As head honcho at Allido Records, he also pimps out tracks for his acts like Rhymefest and D.C. rapper Wale, whose summer jam “Ice Cream Girl” was recently featured in this scene of HBO’s Entourage.
Sometimes Mr. Ronson is out of town, touring as a DJ, but even his fill-ins, like Nick Catchdubs from Fool’s Gold Records and DJ Ayres and Cosmo Baker of The Rub, have been making great playlists for pre-Friday night festivities.