Bruno Mars was interviewed ahead of his hosting and musical guest spot on last night’s ‘Saturday Night Live’. The American recording artist talked about the opportunity to host the long running show, what fans can expect with his new album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ and its first single ‘Locked Out of Heaven’, and the work involved with preparing for 90 minutes of live comedy.
“It’s everyone’s dream,” the 27-year-old said about hosting ‘SNL’. “You grow up watching the show and it’s so beautiful. I can’t believe I’m here. Expect the unexpected, you haven’t heard that one before. I just kind of made that up… I’m not gonna be funny. It’s something new they’re trying on ‘SNL’.”
On the new album, Bruno said, “It’s me going into the studio recording whatever I want. I really wanted to be able to just wake up and say today I want to write a song like this, I want to write a song like this, and I threw them all together. You know, it’s a little unorthidox, but I hope the glue is my voice and I hope people can just appreciate and love the music.”
Discusing the album’s lead single, he said, “Recording that was cool. I did a lot of that out here in New York with Mark Ronson, Emile Haynie, Jeff Bhasker and myself and we all got in the studio and recorded a song called ‘Locked Out of Heaven’. I just released the video and I’m excited about it. It’s gonna be the first time I’m performing it, right here.”
Asked about how busy he’s been kept before taking the stage Saturday, Bruno responded, “This week it’s a lot of waking up and straight to rehearsal. They had this one week to put a show together, so you’re basically building nothing into something – another cliche catch phrase I threw in there.”
Watch the brief interview via NBC.com below.