Bruno Mars Talks ‘Chasing Unexplainable High,’ Drugs and Music With GQ

Bruno Mars says songs like "Locked Out of Heaven" don't come easy and neither does the success that he has had in recent years.

Opening up in the latest issue of GQ, the talented singer/songwriter says working on music is like chasing an unexplainable high.

"You know how hard it is to write a big song? That sh*t is hard, man. It's so hard to do. 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. F*cking '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.' Those songs are events. That guy put everything he got into that, and he meant it," says Mars. "It's that unexplainable high. Why I keep doing it. That feeling that you keep on chasing and chasing. Because it's nothing, man. It's taking the air and turning it into something. That's the feeling."

Even with that said, Mars knows how quickly everything can come crashing down, as he opened up about his arrest in Las Vegas.

"I can take this sh*t away from you, young man.' That was the lesson. You've slaved away for years and years and years. You've prepped your whole life. It's all you know how to do. You're a kid experiencing life in f**king Sin City, and that was the lesson: It can all be taken away. Put you in a weird place. Embarrass you," Mars admitted.

Nonetheless, he looks forward to creating more music and attaining that unexplainable high with every album he puts out.

"Hopefully every album, I'll get that feeling. And shock the world! Shock the world," says Mars. "I've got nothing else to do."

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