.

John Mayer Reveals Why He Quit Twitter

Singer says he was a 'tweetaholic'

July 13, 2011 1:30 PM ET
John Mayer on twitter quits
John Mayer
Ethan Miller/Getty Images

John Mayer revealed why he's gone cold turkey on social media while advising students at a recent clinic at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. "I realized about a year ago that I couldn’t have a complete thought anymore, and I was a tweetaholic," Mayer said. "I had four million Twitter followers, and I was always writing on it. And I stopped using Twitter as an outlet and I started using Twitter as the instrument to riff on, and it started to make my mind smaller and smaller and smaller. And I couldn’t write a song."

Since quitting Twitter, Mayer has endeavored to become more disciplined and focused on his music. "Here are the rules for recording this record: No drum machines, no loops, no keyboards to start out with, no excuses, no breaks, no laptops, no nothing," he said. "If you take a break, it’s to eat. If you’re done, you go home."

Photos: John Mayer's Rolling Stone Cover Shoot

Mayer told the music students to focus their time on practicing and finishing songs rather than promoting their projects on social media sites. "This time is a really important time for you guys because nobody knows who you are, and nobody should," he said. "This is not a time to promote yourself. It doesn’t matter. This is the time to get your stuff together. Promotion can be like that. You can have promotion in 30 seconds if your stuff is good. Good music is its own promotion."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com