Bruno Mars Performs ‘That’s What I Like’ & Gets Candid With Charlie Rose: Watch
First came an in-studio performance of his smash single “That’s What I Like” (which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and remained in the Top 5 for 24 weeks) – a special syrupy rendition featuring Mars and his Hooligans sitting at a table and using it as a gentle drum of sorts.
Once at the desk, Mars expounded on his mission through music. For 20 minutes, Mars sat with Rose and discussed various topics ranging from “Versace on the Floor” being his “silky, love-making ballad,” his two Super Bowl performances, “Uptown Funk,” creating his America and more.
On the source of his current era: “The source of it, well, a few of my heroes – I actually got to work with this year and some on this album. Babyface, I wrote a song with Babyface on this album called “Too Good To Say Goodbye.” He’s just one of my favorite songwriters of all-time. This year I got to work with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – performed at The Grammys with them. Never worked with Teddy Riley, but hopefully one day that will happen. These guys have written songs that I say that were the soundtrack of my childhood. At the time, it was pop music. R&B-rooted songs were the No. 1 songs. Boyz II Men with the No. 1 song in the country. Mariah Carey, New Edition, this was what I grew up to. This is what we were dancing to at school functions, at a barbecue, it was Bobby Brown. So, that feeling, that emotion I wanted to capture, that’s what I was chasing. I’d think about those songs and it makes me feel like, ‘Man, it was fun to dance, it was cool to smile on the dance floor with a girl and flirt with a girl on the dance floor.’”
On his music’s impact amidst tough times in the world: “We’re creating the positive vibe and everyone’s dancing together – when I’m talking about people having fun together, this is what I want to see at my concerts every night. So in a way, it’s me customizing my world. It’s a little scary sometimes because every night I have the luxury of seeing people from all over the world. Seeing different nationalities under the sun, and I see it – look at this, we’re creating this energy all under one roof. We’re creating this positive vibe and everyone’s dancing and it feels like we’re all in love. It’s a great night. And then, you go to the hotel room and watch the news, and that’s not what’s happening. It’s very – it’s tricky because I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m creating my world. I’m creating my America. I’m creating what I want to feel every day.”