John Mayer's new album Paradise Valley came out in August. To celebrate, the singer took questions from some of his biggest fans through his Tumblr page. The always-quotable musician certainly didn't disappoint when it came to funny and revealing answers.
On what he thinks of up-and-coming teenage singer Lorde, who is opening for his girlfriend Katy Perry on tour:
"I like Lorde a lot. I just hope she gets the opportunity to keep growing as an artist and not just shot through the 12-month rags-to riches- to seven Grammys machine and not heard from again. She’s too good for that."
On what his next single is going to be:
"'Who You Love.' It’s going to get the full-blown single/video treatment. Which it really deserves. Most songs fall off a bit in terms of my opinion of them as the months go by, but Who You Love is really an excellent song, performance, recording. It’s good on every listen. A little tough in that the tune is a throwback slow groove, but quality beats a trend, at least in the way I like to believe in music."
On his dream musical collaborator:
"Eddie Vedder would be my dream collaboration. I have always loved that guy’s music. He’s at living legend status, as far as I’m concerned."
"Huge fan of Ed. As a person and an artist. I thought he was the best performer at the Grammys this past year."
On the hardships of being a musician and going on the road:
"Fundamentally, humans aren’t meant to travel like musicians do. At the core of it, it goes against the way people like to live, in communities, with rituals, with family. I think it’s a really difficult balance to strike between traveling for a living and making sure that you can get home and keep a normal life going. I’ve been saying lately, people only OD in hotel rooms. You never heard of someone ODing in a rental house in Hawaii, or on a couch by their dog."
On whether he has private shows for Katy:
"All my shows for Katy are ticketed through AEG and can be bought at a discounted rate for all Diner’s Club International card holders."