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John Mayer Career Advice

October 25, 2008

Fresh off his summer tour, John Mayer showed up at Berklee College of Music to play some tunes and give artists some advice.

One student taped the whole thing for the world to see and I’m glad she did.  Whether you like him or hate him, the dude is a smart guy.

There were a few key points I thought were very well said.

1.  The Public is Smarter than You

Just because you think a song is a hit, doesn’t mean the people will. Believing in the music is great, but people are the ones that will decide if you’re good or not. Yes, marketing and promotion are important, but at the end of the day, do the people dig what they hear or not?

2. Success is How You Define it

“I know artists who have sold 2 million and are still unsatisfied, because they haven’t defined what ‘making it’ is. Those are the type of people who feel consistently unfulfilled.” Have you really thought about what you want to achieve and why?

3. Converting Information to Inspiration : Songs are About Connecting with People

You can know all the right chords and be scientific with the formulas and all that, but does it have soul?

The volume of the vid is not so great, so turn it up:

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2008 6:26 am

    Again, fucking nice post. Mayer is already a legend, even in the short time he’s been around. Hilarious guy and an amazing musician.

  2. October 26, 2008 4:18 pm

    Yeah, he just seems to get better with time. Continuum is such a great record. It hasn’t got old for me yet and it’s been 2 years since its release.


  3. October 26, 2008 7:51 pm

    His stuff is so good. I hope you know about John Mayer Trio and have Heard/Seen the live show “Where the light Is.” It just shows how good he is at blues, and at the live show he does an amazing cover of Free Fallin’.


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