For most of a decade, Mayer Hawthorne has been showcasing his gift for making celebratory soul music. The Ann Arbor native, based in L.A. since 2006, has a weighty résumé that includes Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Arranger and DJ. His 2013 album, “Where Does This Door Go,” found him checking off some significant boxes on his bucket list: He got to work with Pharrell Williams and other top-tier producers, and the album was nominated for a Grammy and hit No. 30 in Billboard. Recently, Hawthorne switched labels to Los Angeles indie Vagrant Records. The move allowed him to take full control of production on “Man About Town“, a record he considers his quintessential collection of tunes. Mayer sat down with Freep.com to talk aobut working with Pharrell and his new album
“The last album, “Where Does This Door Go,” was a chance for me to work with all my favorite producers, like Pharrell Williams, John Hill and Greg Wells and all these talented people. That’s the benefit of being signed to a major label and having bigger budgets. But the flip side of it was that I didn’t have full creative control. That’s the give and take of being on a major label. … “Man About Town” is really the album I wanted to make. Basically, when I was working with all those producers, I was soaking up all their tricks and techniques and then went back in on (“Man”) and did it all myself. The best way to describe it, even if it sounds weird at this point, is that (“Man”) is the most Mayer Hawthorne album yet!
“I think something I picked up from working with Pharrell on the last record was just the importance of storytelling, telling stories in the most detailed and vivid manner possible. (Pharrell and I) bonded over Steely Dan’s songs. I never realized why I loved (Steely Dan) songs so much until Pharrell put it into perspective. Their lyrics tell a story that focuses in on certain details, and I think that’s what comes through on my new record, the richness of the stories coming through in the lyrics.”
Mayer wanted someone who could capture the youthful spirit of the ‘The Stars Are Ours‘, so he had his 13 year old cousin Jake shoot it. Directed by Jake Primak.
As part of Record Store Day 2014, Los Angeles based Mayer Hawthorne and Tokyo based artist Shintaro Sakamoto will release a new split 7″ record, featuring special versions of Sakamoto’s “In A Phantom Mood” and Mayer’s “Wine Glass Woman.”
The Sakamoto track has the Japanese lyrics he wrote over Mayer Hawthorne’s original of “Wine Glass Woman” (Produced by Pharrell Williams), while Hawthorne’s track has him singing the English lyrics he wrote over Sakamoto’s original, check out the Japanese Version of Wine Glass Woman below.
Here is a short documentary on the recording of Mayer Hawthorne’s third album, ‘Where Does This Door Go’. Step inside the studio sessions with Pharrell & Co., it’s pretty awesome.
Directed & Edited by Henry DeMaio, Produced by Jackson Perry & Henry DeMaio, Camera Rig Designed by Z Design Studio.
Mayer Hawthorne – Wine Glass Woman
My Favourite Neptunes track this year so far, lovin’ it ! Thanks to Neptonikboy.
Mayer Hawthorne – Reach Out Richard
I just had to make this fucking amazing tune longer, check out the Extended Mix I did for Wine Glass Woman and make sure to watch what Mayer has to say about the Pharrell Tracks on his new album below. ‘Where Does This Door Go’ is now on iTunes.
Mayer Hawthorne – Wine Glass Woman (DJ Freakiii Extended Mix) (13′)
Mayer Hawthorne On ‘Wine Glass Woman’
Mayer Hawthorne On ‘Reach Out Richard’
Mayer Hawthorne On ‘The Stars Are Ours’
Mayer Hawthorne makes no apologies for the fact that his new album, Where Does This Door Go, sounds nothing like his previous two records. At a concert on the eve of the album’s release (July 15), the soulful Michigan native showed the breadth of himself — his hip-hop background, his love of ’70s funk and Steely Dan, that soaring falsetto of his. All just a hint of his new release, which features production from Pharrell, among others.
“This is a very special night,” Hawthorne said from the Bowery Ballroom stage. “Tonight I have a brand new album that comes out worldwide in two hours. It is definitely a celebration in this mother f*****.” And he wasn’t lying. As the smell of pot engulfed the room, his fans danced and bobbed their heads throughout the entirety of his set. Many sang along to the soon-to-be-released tracks and at times he conducted the room in a sing-along, outstretching his arms while teaching them the lyrics to his new material.
They seemed to be receptive to the new sounds, despite what Hawthorne may think otherwise. “This album is very different from my previous two records,” he recently told Radio.com. “Some people are not going to like that. Some of my fans that have been following, sorry guys.” He added, “I could never go back and do another A Strange Arrangement [his debut album]. It would be impossible at this point.”
Here is the Fourth track by Pharrell Williams and Mayer Hawthorne titled ‘They Don’t Know You’ which is a Bonus track off his second studio album ‘Where Does This Door Go’, make sure to cop the album on iTunes now.
Mayer Hawthorne – They Don’t Know You (13′)
Mayer Hawthorne – The Stars Are Ours (13′)
Mayer Hawthorne – Reach Out Richard (13′)
Mayer Hawthorne – Wine Glass Woman (13′)
Mayer Hawthorne has decided to let loose his latest single “Reach Out Richard,” which he’s dedicated to his dad. With Pharrell on the production, the new tune takes on a more calming approach in comparison to his previous Jessie Ware-assisted single, “Her Favorite Song.” Appropriately categorized as “yacht club music” by Hawthorne, you can stream the song down below, and expect it to appear on his upcoming album Where Does This Door Go, due out July 16. Thanks to Melladon.
Mayer Hawthorne – Reach Out Richard (13′)
Where Does This Door Go is Available due July 16th.
Mayer was at the Cultivate Festival in San Francisco, where he performed his best tunes, including some new ones like, the second Pharrell x Mayer collaboration titled ‘Wine Glass Woman’ after ‘Reach Out Richard’. The upbeat tune sounds like something N*E*R*D would do, and the tune has a bridge, pretty awesome tune, this is definitely Pharrell’s year so far, can’t wait for the studio version, thanks to Melladon.
Edit (06.21) : Three! a third song produced by Pharrell has been released on iTunes for those who have pre-ordered Mayer Hawthorne’s album. The song is “The Stars are Ours” and you can listen to it here. Plus, Mayer Hawthorne performed ‘Wine Glass Woman” live, watch it below, thanks to Malladon
Edit (06.13) : So there’s more than one Pharrell-produced track on Mayer Hawthorne album. “Reach Out Richard” has just been unveiled on the occasion of the father’s day, listen to it here.
Edit (06.05) : We know more about Mayer Hawthorne’s third album. The tracklist has been revealed and, according to Life and Times, the Neptunes track is called “Wine Glass Woman”. Thanks to Borsboom
Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go (2013)
2. Back Seat Lover
3. The Innocent
4. Allie Jones
5. The Only One
6. Wine Glass Woman (Produced By Pharrell)
7. Her Favorite Song
8. Crime (with Kendrick Lamar)
9. Reach Out Richard (Produced By Pharrell)
10. Corsican Rosé
11. Where Does This Door Go
12. Robot Love
13. The Stars Are Ours (Produced By Pharrell)
14. All Better
1. They Don’t Know You
4. Small Clone
5. Designer Drug
I Love this guy, despite the studio pictures of The Neptunes Pharrell & Chad in the studio with Mayer Hawthorne, we can finally say that the studio session were indeed for Mayer Hawthorne’s new album which is titled ‘Where Does This Door Go’. The album is due July 16th. The album’s first single, “Her Favorite Song,” is due out in May, can’t wait for this project. Stay tuned for more information.
Mayer Hawthorne ‘Where Does This Door Go’ Trailer
Singer Mayer Hawthorne covered N.E.R.D.’s ‘Fly Or Die’ tune on one of his shows in Houston, thanks to Plaxxx.
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