Taking old influences and making them new - that's what makes singer-songwriter-DJ-producer Mayer Hawthorne such a striking talent. His music is a trip through the generations, starting with vintage Motown and R&B (not surprising for this Ann Arbor, Michigan native). As Rock Paper Photo's latest curator, the multi-instrumentalist takes us on a time-traveling, genre-hopping journey that reveals more than of a few of his eclectic influences - from Barry White to The Beatles.
Mayer Hawthorne's hand-picked collection touches down in Hollywood, Detroit, New York and London. The greatest singer-songwriters figure prominently in his selections - Marvin Gaye composing "Let's Get It On," Paul McCartney laying down vocals for "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," Johnny Cash in repose (and black tie) moments before a performance.
Exuberance also plays big in the selects by Mayer, whose last album, "How Do You Do," won praise from critics for its feel-good vibe. We love the larger-than-life figures he's featured, such as the Elton John and Barry White, Outkast's Andre 3000 and Run-DMC on the tour bus with the Beastie Boys.
Classic soul and beyond. That's the story here, for the artist and the photographs he has curated.