Precisely 420 Words on John Mayer Not Being a Dick Now

In a new Billboard feature, the guitarist talks blowing up a Winnebago on his 40th birthday, making Sunday morning omelette music, and Mason Ramsey, whom he's been thinking about a lot. Wonderful.

09 November 2018, 9:22am

Here's the thing about John Mayer: There are a lot of things about John Mayer. He is a guitarist, an Instagram genius, a member of Dead & Company, a friend to rappers and pop stars, and a thoughtful entrant into cannabis life. And he is not a dick. In fact, according to an entertaining new profile on Mayer, written by Nick Catucci and published at Billboard this morning, Mayer has not been a dick in some time.

"Some people still say, 'That guy’s a dick,'' acknowledges Mayer. "And I go, 'Well, any of that data you’re working off of is really old.' I mean, I can tell you for sure that I haven’t been a dick in many years. That’s a really outdated take."

In essence, John Mayer is no longer telling magazines that his penis is racist. That's an old data set – decades old. John Mayer is no longer that boy. John Mayer is a man now. John Mayer is a man who recently blew up a Winnebago.

Last year, for his 40th, Mayer and some pals blew up a Winnebago. This was in Montana, a little ahead of his actual birthday. Chad Franscoviak, Mayer’s longtime sound engineer, arranged the whole thing, a surprise dinner theatre-type excursion in which Mayer and some other “good guys” jumped in a vehicle loaded with paintball guns to chase some “bad guys” to their hideout -- the vintage Winnebago, tucked in a quarry. Mayer and Franscoviak loaded it up with actual explosives, Mayer fired an actual 50-caliber rifle into it, and ... kablooey. Then they sent their cars off a cliff.

John Mayer is a man who soundtracks breakfasts, and he's fine with that.

"I would love to make music for the club," says Mayer, the same way he says most things: in a patient, matter-of-fact tone, with a hint of amusement at his own complexity. "I make music for the omelette on the Sunday after the club, and I’ve got to be OK with that, and I am OK with that."

John Mayer is a man who thinks about Mason Ramsey "a lot."

He lights up talking about the 11-year-old Walmart Yodeling Boy, Mason Ramsey, whose Instagram handle is @lilhankwilliams: “An interesting case ... What if he’s singing about, like, having money stolen from him? Him with 14-year-olds – 14 being the oldest person in the band – and they’re singing about shooting dice and breaking a bottle over someone’s head? Yo, I’m in."

Yes, John Mayer stares into the abyss. But only when his phone dies.

This article originally appeared on Noisey US.