The musician us John Mayer never depended on multicolored lights, confetti and pyrotechnics in their concerts. But now he wanted to take a step forward and after seeing Drake acting in live says he was inspired to strengthen their production and take more risks in the scenario.
Mayer launches the second leg of their world tour Search for Everything this Tuesday in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The new show is a far cry from what I had done the singer-songwriter and guitarist, winner of the Grammythat now sings on stage futuristic lined with lights L. E. D.
I wanted a show really great. I want to be competitive. I want to be in a world where people create bigger and better shows,” said Mayer in a recent interview.
“I think that there is a healthy competition in this. I went to see the show of Drake and … the true artists, they say ‘oh Wow!’ And, ‘(expletive)’, right? Because one sees something that impresses him and as an artist thinks, ‘I want a little of that.'”
The musician of 39 years, he recently completed a tour with Dead & Company, his supergroup with Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir of Grateful Dead. Their summer tour ends on September 3, in Noblesville, Indiana.
But Mayer is not only playing in large stadiums: the Tuesday announced that it will join the tour Dive Bar Tour with Bud Light to give a concert on July 26 in Los Angeles.
In a recent interview, Mayer spoke about his new show, about his work with Grateful Dead and their upcoming plans.
— The level of production of your new live shows has really changed. How has been the process?
— We have a wall of L. E. D. and a flat L. E. D. In a way it is very minimalist… but from there you can go wherever you want to go: you can be abstract, it can be super minimalist, it can also be super real… I Want to go even further with this… I have an idea maybe for next year do it as a version 2.0 that is really a goal more deep in my dreams, but that there are many more trucks and buses. Would be in the bankruptcy for that tour but it would be amazing. It would be almost like Broadway.
“I want to be now and to play under the rules now and excite people, but I also want to do it my way. Everything that I’ve used in terms of technology, in one way or another, has always had my voice. I’m doing a big show with L. E. D., but that tells a story about me.”
— Your album ‘The Search for Everything’ came out in April after four years of absence. Why so much time?
— Well, when I turned 30 (in 2008) … I said: “I Want to do as much as I can in my 30s, and I started to do it… “The Search for Everything” had come out in 2015, but then this beautiful opportunity of Dead & Company knocked on my door and I had never put my solo career on pause, but I knew that was worth doing for this. It has been really interesting because the (new) songs are really powerful, but also emotionally I turned away from them two years ago, so that has been very interesting to go on tour with songs that have been gestating for three years.
— What have you learned playing with Dead & Company?
— It seems almost as if I took breaks to go back to school, like, ‘Make a high your things alone and go back to the university’. And I’m getting my degree from the University Grateful Dead. All I wanted was a musical experience that equivaliera to become a better musician… It’s a little boring to be a solo artist for 50 years. I personally am too restless.
— What more would you like to collaborate?
— My next collaboration I think is going to be more on the side of the production… I’m very interested in and it gives me great curiosity, the idea of working with certain producers… I Also like the idea of making a disk assembly… As a ‘John Mayerpresenta…’ in which I am less singer and more the type that makes up the clues and says, “I really can’t listen to this voice here.”
— What can we expect from your show for the Dive Bar Tour?
— You’re going to see that side of me club small, intimate, with great energy, more like blues.
— Do you remember having touched in bars at the beginning of your career?
— I surgí in cafes and meeting listeners. Later I played the local type club. But I started out there, out in open mic nights, or in a café where basically it’s you against the huge machine grinder coffee and in the middle of your song, the grinder can be walking. I remember having touched at times that no one was there and the only applause came from behind the bar, of the employees… But to get on the stage, even if there is no one, puts you in an attitude of interpreter, and teaches you how to interpret.
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