LOS ANGELES — After touring for a year and a half behind Heavier Things, John Mayer couldn't wait to start recording his third album. Then something happened on the way to the studio.
"Daughters," the third single from the album, took off at radio, becoming Mayer's biggest hit since "Bigger Than My Body."
"That's the way songs go: Whatever happens, you just gotta be there and have your bags packed," Mayer said. "Every song I put on a record could be a single and I just pack my bags for it ... and the minute it takes off, I'm not gonna be home for a while."
Instead, Mayer launched a promotional tour of interviews and performances and then hit the radio-station festival circuit. He even launched his own VH1 show, "John Mayer Has a TV Show," and now he's looking at a winter tour.
That's not to say, however, that Mayer isn't still excited for his next album, which he promises will be a departure (see "John Mayer Going Back To The Lab To Get His Music Where He Wants It To Be" ).
"My next record, I'm closing up shop on acoustic sensitive and I'm gonna go to electric guitar and make something else happen," he said. "I'm bored, man, [singing,] 'I miss your kiss so much.' Truth is, I don't.
"I'm trying everything I can not to be jaded 'cause I don't like jaded musicians," he continued. "But slowly, as I get older, the radio's on and I go, 'What the f--- is that? How did that get on the radio?' It's not music out there right now. That's why, to me, hip-hop is where rock used to be."
So is Mayer going hip-hop? It's possible. After all, he and Kanye West have collaborated on West's new album and are talking about doing more (see "Kanye West And John Mayer Collaborate But Won't Elaborate").
"I just like collaborating," Mayer said. "There's so many inspiring people out there. It's hard to realize how long you can go without being inspired as a musician. I just wanna tell so many musicians, like, 'Man, you spend all that time trying clothes on. Spend all the time listening to some stuff.' "