On creating pop music:

“I don’t know if you know, but I’m not exactly Bob Dylan – I’m already a pop musician…I want to reach as many people as possible…I don’t mind compromising.”

On people hating him:

“What if I had a booth on the street and I said, ‘Attention everybody who hates me: If you have a problem with me, I’m ready to hear your gripes! I will be outside the Barneys store on 60th Street from two to four this afternoon…I will only be speaking to people who not like me. Come out and let me have it.’ How many people do you think would be standing there?…Ze-ro.”

During the interview (in its December issue) conducted at L.A.’s star hangout Chateau Marmont, Mayer, 32, encounters Butler at a nearby table and strikes up a private 20 minute conversation. Gerard Butler had been briefly linked to Mayer’s ex-girlfriends Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson.

When the Details writer asks about the chat, Mayer says, “We talked about New York . . .We’re in a bit of the same position of being branded womanizers.”

Mayer then opens up a tad about the famous women he’s dated, suggesting that the heart wants what it wants:

“You just never know who’s going to come into your life,” he says. “To my mind, the only thing sicker than saying, ‘Wow, you’re a famous person and it would do a lot for my career to go out with you,’ is to say, ‘Wow, you’re a famous person and I like you and all, but I can’t do that to my career.’ I don’t think either of those is a good option.”

The profile also details the musician’s myriad collections: watches, guitars, cars, Leica cameras, even women’s leather bags. Explains Mayer: “I have the obsessiveness of someone who’s a sober, recovering addict displacing his addiction . . . Except I never had the addiction.” He adds self-consciously: “I’ve never done anything because I thought it would look cool.”

~ by jennylilbit on November 25, 2009.

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