Mayer Hawthorne: "Every Song Is Based on Real Life, Otherwise People Won't Connect to It"
Photo by Ian Witlen Mayer Hawthorne, charming his fans' pants off at the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour stop in Miami.
Mayer Hawthorne (real name Andrew Mayer Cohen) is a chill dude.
Backstage at Miami's Soho Studios, prepping for last night's Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour gig, his band, manager, and crew crowd around him, listening to every word that comes out of his mouth. With such a successful career, he could be a dick. But nope, not this middle-class Jewish guy.
As he sits down for an interview with Crossfade, he's wearing a silky zebra-print shirt. On anyone else, this would look stupid. On Mayer, it's cool.
Photo by Ian Witlen Check out Crossfade's full 46-photo slideshow of Mayer Hawthorne in Miami.
Call him a rocker or a soul singer, he's just straight-up talented. Starting out in 2008, Hawthorne began with hope of being a hip-hop artist. After shockingly being told by his label handlers that they were looking for a soul album, he refined his signature style. Three albums later, he has worked with Pharrell Williams, been praised by Kanye West, and even asked by Snoop Dogg to be in a video.
We sat down with Mayer Hawthorne before the Evolution Tour set to chat about Miami, new music, and his dark side.
Crossfade: Welcome to Miami! Do you like it here?
I'll be honest -- I didn't think I would like it. I am not sure why. I guess I didn't have the right information. [Laughs] But I get here and it's the shit. This area is awesome too. Wynwood, right?
What's the best thing you have done so far?
Truthfully? Eaten a medianoche sandwich. I had my coconut water straight out of a coconut on the beach. I am fitting in nicely, I think.
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