Rufus Wainwright is one of music’s top Renaissance men. In the last several years, he’s (ahem) released several acclaimed albums, written an opera and taken his own multi-octave voice to new heights performing Judy Garland’s classic Carnegie Hall concert.
Now, he’s back with perhaps his most commercial and radio-friendly album ever, Out of the Game, and tells VMAN in their summer issue that he wanted to make an album meant to be listened to loud with the windows down while cruising in your car. To find that sound, he enlisted on-the-pulse producer Mark Ronson.
“Mark and I had a chance to get to know each other and to really make it about the music,” Wainwright says. “It just that kind of visceral, humanistic approach to a song where it has a purpose, i.e. Mark brings the life to a party. I’ve always wanted that in my work.”
Check out the full spread, with photos by Maciek Kobielski, in VMAN‘s summer issue, and get a sneak peek another fantastic pic of Wainwright below.