Ukulele Video Lesson - Versace On The Floor (Bruno Mars)

Here's the first ukulele video lesson of 2017! It's "Versace on the Floor", by Bruno Mars. Bruno Mars is an American singer-songwriter who was born in Hawaii to a family of musicians. So it’s no surprise he started writing music from a young age and was a childhood star in his home town of Honolulu. Bruno moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school to begin his musical career and signed with Atlantic Records in 2009 after he was dropped by Motown Records. 

As well as writing and recording his own songs Bruno Mars co-founded his own production team, The Smeezingtons, who have produced songs for other artists including B.O.B and Travie McCoy. His first studio album, released in 2010 was a huge success. The album was Doo-Wops and Hooligans, and it featured hit singles, "Grenade" and "Just The Way You Are", along with "The Lazy Song". His second album, Unorthodox Jukebox, went to number one in the United States. Even though Bruno Mars has only released three studio albums, he’s sold over 100 million singles and albums, and has already become one of the best selling artists of all time. He achieved his first five number-one singles in the shortest amount of time for any male artist after Elvis Presley. Impressive!

During his career, Bruno Mars has also earned numerous awards and nominations. He has won four Grammy Awards, made it into the list of the 100 most influential people of 2011 by Time Magazine, and was ranked top of the “30 Under 30” list released by Forbes in 2013. Bruno Mars is quite the musician and has performed a variety of music styles, but he is most known for his R&B, funk, pop, and soul music. 

A little history behind this ukulele video lesson...

The song "Versace on the Floor" is the ukulele video lesson we have for you today. The song comes from his third album, released just last year, entitled "24K Magic". As you might expect, an artist with the calibre of Bruno Mars, there are six different versions of the song. Mars refers to the original demo version of the song as a “poolside version”, with a "piña colada vibe", and lyrics about riding through storms on unicorns and making love on a mountain. So groovy! Haha!

Mars wasn’t all that interested in creating a poolside song though, and came together with his team to remix it. The new version of the song had the same lyrics, but was a bit more of an epic musical track. Mars was ready to put it on the album before something about the song started to bother him. The song was supposed to be the major ballad on the album, but he wasn’t delivering that. He felt that if he was going to create a dramatic and slow song, then he needed to really sing it better. 

So Mars sat down with his team, again, and rewrote the whole thing. Mars describes the finished version of the song as a “Boyz II Men-ish anthem that climaxes with an incredible hook”. He spoke to Rolling Stone about the song, saying that his goal was to create the same kind of R&B music that he loved when he was younger. "Versace on the Floor" is considered to be a slow jam, with Mars singing in falsetto. 

The song is recorded in D major, with lyrics about a woman on the dancefloor who captivates and entices Mars, featuring lyrics including “ooh I love that dress but you won’t need it anymore”. It was described by Will Robinson of Entertainment Weekly as being more romantic and less wistful than Mars’ song, "When I Was Your Man", and was described as Sasha Geffen of MTV News as delightfully smooth. 

If you want to learn how to play this delightfully smooth track for yourself then you’re in luck. Follow along with the ukulele video lesson and you’ll have your very own "Versace on the Floor" in no time at all!

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