Bruno Mars Talks Smoking + ‘Scaring’ People With ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’
Now we’re not here to make judgments, but for crying out loud Bruno Mars, isn’t your smoking habit terrible for those diamond pipes of yours? We’d say so! And someone who agrees with us is none other than Mars’ own mother, who has begged the star to call it quits.
“She wants me to, but she told me not to try those electronic cigarettes,” he said to MTV. “She’s like ‘Stay away from them … they explode!’ And I’m going ‘Okay mom, whatever you say.’ Because, you know, you gotta listen to your mother.”
Aside from his cigarette habit, Mars also talked about his new LP, ‘Unorthodox Jukebox,’ and how his sophomore album strays far from his debut piece, ‘Doo-Wops + Hooligans.’ For his second go ’round, Mars made sure he’d be in control and “be able to do whatever the hell I want to do.”
Mars + Co. spent six months writing the album, and ultimately wound up putting the kibosh on more tunes than he probably liked, all in hopes of pushing the envelope and going above and beyond his previous ventures into the music industry.
“It’s not a risk; at the end of the day, it’s me, so it’s like either you like me or you don’t. I don’t know if I’ve earned that. I don’t know what people are going to think of this album; but I do know it’s me, it’s who I am. I am all over the place, because I’m a producer,” Mars said. “I think it’s a good thing to weird a couple people out and scare a couple people.”
“Because this is the artistry now, this is evolving, and I’ve always looked up to artists that evolve,” he continued. “Michael Jackson, Kanye West, every album sounds like something different; it’s because you listen to new things, you’re seeing new things, you’re feeling new emotions, you’re dating a new girl. Everything is always different, so it always has to change and evolve.”
Mars doesn’t make it seem out of the ordinary, though, for him to be taking “risks” and changing things up. He of course wasn’t the same person he was when he recorded his first album, nor will he be the same person when it’s time for the third. MTV even goes so far as to call him a “career artist.”
“So that’s going to come across on my next album, and the album after that and the album after that,” said the singer. “No matter what happens to the record, whether it blows up or two people buy it, I need to feel like I gave it all I’ve got. I know it’s a little cheesy, but I genuinely feel there’s no more that I can give; this was everything I had, everything I’ve learned and this is the music I love, and I’m proud of it. That’s how I wanted to walk away from this second album.”