Snapshot: Bruno Mars covers GQ magazine; talks music, mugshots + songwriting


Singer, performer and much sought-after hitmaker Bruno Mars is the latest star to cover GQ with their new April issue. Being the perfect match for the debonair styled magazine, Mars wears an array of tailored outfits as well as his signature trilby hat as he talks music, mugshots and writing.

After two successful albums and writing hit songs songs like “Forget You” for Cee Lo Green, Mars makes it all look too easy as practically everything he touches turns into a number one song (although even he admits that “Lazy Song” wasn’t his best effort by far). The talented songwriter says that even he finds it hard to put pen to paper.

“You know how hard it is to write a big song?” he says. “That shit is hard, man. 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.'”

Shining more light on why he finds it so hard comes with his answer to what he thinks the secret is to writing a big song.

“Shit. For me? Hypnotize me in the very first three seconds, wake my ear plate up, give me something that I haven’t felt before…and then punch me in the fucking face.” No pressure then.

During the interview Mars shakes off his good boy image somewhat as every other sentence involves a swearword of some kind, and you’re reminded that his past hasn’t always been so squeaky clean as he was arrested in Vegas in 2010 and charged with possession of cocaine.

But why was he smiling in his police mugshot? “I have no idea,” he says before offering possibly the funniest and most simple explanation of them all: “It was a picture.”

You can check out the photoshoot below or head over to for the full interview.