Mayer Hawthorne

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Background information
Birth name Andrew Mayer Cohen [1] [2]
Also known as Tuxedo, DJ Haircut, Haircut, D.Techtive
Born (1979-02-02) February 2, 1979 (age 39)
Origin Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States [1]
Occupation(s) Singer, producer, songwriter, arranger, audio engineer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist [1] [6] [8]
Instruments Vocals, multi-instrumentalist [1] [6]
Years active 2008–present [9]
Labels Stones Throw Records, [1] [6] Universal Republic, Vagrant
Associated acts Now On, Athletic Mic League, Jaded Incorporated, Tuxedo

Andrew Mayer Cohen (born February 2, 1979), better known by his stage name Mayer Hawthorne, is a Grammy-nominated American singer, producer, songwriter, arranger, audio engineer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist [1] [6] [8] based in Los Angeles, California. [1] Cohen also performs and records in the groups Tuxedo and Jaded Incorporated.

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Early life

Cohen was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. [1] [8] The stage name "Mayer Hawthorne" is a combination of Cohen's real middle name (Mayer) and Hawthorne Road, the street he grew up on. [2]

Ann Arbor, Michigan City in Michigan, United States

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Mayer Hawthorne performing on April 18, 2012 at the Union Transfer in Philadelphia. Mayer hawthorne-2012.jpg
Mayer Hawthorne performing on April 18, 2012 at the Union Transfer in Philadelphia.

Hawthorne started out as a member of group, Athletic Mic League (as DJ Haircut) , based in Ann Arbor, before moving to Los Angeles in 2005. He was signed to Stones Throw Records by label head Peanut Butter Wolf. [1] [8] Originally the Mayer Hawthorne tracks were created for sampling purposes and for pleasure, but upon hearing them Peanut Butter Wolf insisted they be made into an album. Hawthorne has had no previous vocal training. [1] [8]

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Christopher George Manak, better known by his stage name Peanut Butter Wolf, is an American disc jockey and record producer from San Jose, California. He is based in Los Angeles, where he moved to in 2000. He is the founder of Stones Throw Records.

His debut single, "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out"/"When I Said Goodbye", was released on a red heart-shaped 7" record on Stones Throw Records on November 4, 2008. [9] His second single "Maybe So, Maybe No"/"I Wish It Would Rain" was released on a 12" record on Stones Throw Records on April 19, 2009. [10] His debut album, A Strange Arrangement was released on CD and LP on Stones Throw Records on September 8, 2009. [11]

The song "When I Said Goodbye", was featured in the Kanye West/Spike Jonze short film We Were Once a Fairytale . In 2011, Hawthorne performed guest vocals for the Sebastian song "Love in Motion" featured on Sebastian's 2011 album Total . On July 15, 2011, Mayer Hawthorne was a guest, along with famed Memphis/Stax Records keyboardist Booker T. Jones, on Episode 43 of Daryl Hall's Live From Daryl's House webcast. Hawthorne, Hall, and Jones combined with Hall's house band on "Strange Arrangement", "Green Onions", "No Strings", "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out", and "Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'" and Hall's "You Make My Dreams" and "Private Eyes". During Hall's dinner for the group, Hawthorne stated that, when working as a hip hop DJ, he began recording his own Motown-style tracks to avoid paying fees for sampling other artists' work. He also played all the instruments on each of those tracks, in addition to recording all his own vocals. [12]

Kanye West American rapper, singer, and record producer from Illinois

Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. His musical career has been marked by dramatic changes in styles, incorporating an eclectic range of influences including soul, baroque pop, electro, indie rock, synth-pop, industrial, and gospel. Over the course of his career, West has been responsible for cultural movements and progressions within mainstream hip hop and popular music at large.

Spike Jonze American director and actor

Adam Spiegel, known professionally as Spike Jonze, is an American filmmaker, photographer, and actor, whose work includes music videos, commercials, film and television.

<i>We Were Once a Fairytale</i> 2009 film by Spike Jonze

We Were Once a Fairytale is a 2009 short film directed by Spike Jonze and starring hip hop musician Kanye West. It is the second collaboration between Jonze and West, since they co-directed the music video for West's single "Flashing Lights" in 2008.

Mayer Hawthorne was a musical guest on the Conan TV show on October 17, 2011, and the Late Show with David Letterman on October 25, 2011. On both shows, the group performed "The Walk", his first single from How Do You Do . In 2012 Hawthorne released the six-track live EP KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, as a part of Record Store Day's Black Friday. [13]

<i>Conan</i> (talk show) American talk show hosted by Conan OBrien and broadcast by TBS

Conan is a late-night talk show airing each Monday through Thursday at 11:00 p.m. eastern time on TBS in the United States. The show premiered on November 8, 2010, and is hosted by writer, comedian and performer Conan O'Brien, accompanied by his long-time "sidekick" Andy Richter. Describing itself as a traditional late-night talk show, Conan draws its comedy from recent news stories, political figures and prominent celebrities, as well as aspects of the show itself. For eight years, Conan aired as an hour-long show akin to O'Brien's previous NBC late-night shows. The show was reformatted to a half-hour length starting January 22, 2019. On May 17, 2017, TBS renewed the series to 2022.

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Late Show with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS, the first iteration of the Late Show franchise. The show debuted on August 30, 1993, and was produced by Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants, and CBS Television Studios. The show's music director and leader of the house band, the CBS Orchestra, was Paul Shaffer. The head writer was Matt Roberts and the announcer was originally Bill Wendell, then Alan Kalter. Of the major U.S. late-night programs, Late Show ranked second in cumulative average viewers over time and third in number of episodes over time. In most U.S. markets the show aired from 11:35 p.m. to 12:37 a.m. Eastern and Pacific Time, and recorded Monday through Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The second Thursday episode usually aired on Friday of that week.

<i>How Do You Do</i> (Mayer Hawthorne album) 2011 studio album by Mayer Hawthorne

How Do You Do is the second studio album by American singer Mayer Hawthorne. It was released on October 11, 2011, by Universal Republic Records. The limited edition box set of the album gave Hawthorne his first Grammy Award nomination for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package in 2014.

In late May 2013, Hawthorne released his single "Her Favorite Song" from his album Where Does This Door Go . It is noted that the album is a departure from his throwback style in his past three albums. [14] Later that year, he received a Grammy nomination for "Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package" for his album How Do You Do . [15]

Musical influences

Mayer Hawthorne is influenced by the music of Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson, Mike Terry, Barry White, Smokey Robinson and the legendary songwriting and production trio of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Edward Holland, Jr. (known collectively as Holland–Dozier–Holland). [1] [8] Taking umbrage at the notion that his is a purely "throwback" soul sound, however, Hawthorne also cites more contemporary artists, such as J Dilla, Hanne Hukkelberg, and Santigold, as significant influences. [16]

Discussing How Do You Do , Hawthorne says, "I found my own unique sound on this album, which I'm excited about." The album has a vintage sound, which involves twelve '70s inspired tracks, filled with orchestral pop and funky bass lines—"I've taken what I can from the classic heroes of soul and updated it with the music I grew up listening to and loving like Public Enemy and Juan Atkins and Cybotron." He first found his musical voice in hip-hop and rap from his father, who plays in a band in Detroit, Michigan. [17]

In July 2009, Hawthorne was featured on the cover of the third anniversary issue of Beyond Race magazine (BRM). [18]

Hawthorne's song, "Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'" was featured in the fourth season of Ugly Betty in its finale episode, "Hello Goodbye". The song begins in the scene at Betty's goodbye party when Marc asks Troy if he would like to dance.

Hawthorne's track "Do It", released under the alias 'Tuxedo' with Jake One was sampled on Pitbull's track of the same name from his 2013 studio album Global Warming.

The title track from Hawthorne's album, "Where Does This Door Go" was featured over the closing credits of the season one Masters of Sex episode "Thank You For Coming" in October 2013.

"Love Like That" was featured in the video game Forza Horizon 3 .

An excerpt of "The Walk" was used in a Blue Moon beer TV commercial in 2017.


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales


A Strange Arrangement 147 55 134
How Do You Do 52 8 70 28
Where Does This Door Go
  • Released: July 16, 2013
  • Label: Republic
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
30 10 81 57 92
The Big Knock
(with 14KT as Jaded Incorporated)
  • Released: June 17, 2014
  • Label: Casablanca Music
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
(with Jake One as Tuxedo)
  • Released: March 3, 2015
  • Label: Stones Throw
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
16 62 34
Man About Town
  • Released: April 8, 2016
  • Label: Vagrant
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
90 6
Tuxedo II
(with Jake One as Tuxedo)
  • Released: March 24, 2017
  • Label: Stones Throw
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums

KCRW FM - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2012-06-14 (Released: 2012-11-23 Label: Republic Limited release on Vinyl)



Guest appearances

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