Bruno Mars Talks Songwriting, Drugs & More in GQ’s April 2013 Issue
Bruno Mars covers the April 2013 issue of GQ Magazine, where the 27-year-old singer-songwriter speaks about his songwriting, his past cocaine possession, retiring, using metaphors for sex and much more.
Photographed by Peggy Sirota for the issue, which is available now on newsstands, Bruno is looking sharp in Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, Dsquared2, Burberry Brit, Salvatore Ferragamo, Dior Homme, and more.
Take a look at a few excerpts from his interview, as well as photos from his shoot below:
On songwriting and how hard it can be sometimes:
“You know how hard it is to write a big song? That shit is hard, man. It’s so hard to do. Might be one of the hardest things to ever do. I don’t ever want to come out with something safe and get away with ‘It sounds good!’
It’s got to be more than sounding good. The music I like are events. Fucking ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’is my favorite song—that song’s an event. And that’s what I want to do.
I’m sure that shocked the world, that song. ‘Billie Jean’ shocked the world. ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’ Those songs are events. That guy put everything he got into that, and he meant it.”
On getting arrested for possession of cocaine in 2010 and what he learned from it:
“‘I can take this shit away from you, young man.’ That was the lesson. You’ve slaved away for years and years and years. You’ve prepped your whole life. It’s all you know how to do. You’re a kid experiencing life in fucking Sin City, and that was the lesson: It can all be taken away. Put you in a weird place. Embarrass you.”
On where he wants to be once he retires:
“On a beach, drinking out of a coconut, watching some kids running around in the sand, looking at the ocean… And then planning a reunion tour, overweight.”
Using metaphors for sex in his music:
“You’re not listening to it right if you’re picking it apart like that. You know? I can’t overthink everything I wrote or worry about that kind of stuff. Hopefully people should know. There’s no blasphemy. Or insult to any religion. It’s just fucking poetry, whether you believe me or not.”