Guitar god John Mayer has been sober for two years and Drake gets all the credit. OK, technically, he kinda gets the credit, indirectly, but still. Back in October 2016, the rapper celebrated a milestone birthday with a big bash and John was one of his many guests. But it’s not like Mayer remembers much from that night because like many nights back then, he was hammered. Like, free fallin’ wasted.
“It was Drake’s 30th birthday party, and I made quite a fool of myself,” Mayer explained to Joe La Puma and Jerry Lorenzo in an interview for Complex. “It took me weeks to stop doing this every morning I woke up.”
Six days after what he described as the “most amazing last-night-of-my-life-drinking story,” which he has little recollection of, John still felt the remnants of a hangover. “Six days! That’s how big the hangover was.”
Apparently feeling rotten for six days was exactly the wakeup call Mayer needed.
“I looked out the window and I went, ‘OK, John, what percentage of your potential would you like to have? Because if you say you’d like 60, and you’d like to spend the other 40 per cent having fun, that’s fine. But what percentage of what is available to you would you like to make happen? And there’s no wrong answer, what is it?’ I went, ‘100.’”
So he quit drinking, and instead of spending his days sloshed or recovering from inebriation, that following year he focused on his music and went on “four tours, I was in two bands, I was happy on airplanes.”
What happens when you stop drinking? Well, let John describe his new normal to you.
“It feels like boredom, at first,” he explained. “But if you stick with it, the line straightens out and it goes kind of low. Oh, I’m not having these high highs. But if you work, you can bring the whole line up.”
After everything he has gone through, Mayer understands that drinking is a very “personal” thing for everyone. “It is just so particular to your own spirit and psychology that it’s almost impossible to develop one way of explaining it to someone else.”
He added, “If you look at drinking the way you look at anything else, which is risk reward; ‘What am I giving up? What am I getting?'”
Now, for John, it’s a new day. “Every morning I wake up and go: ‘I get another one of these.'”
Sober, a little wiser, a little less dick-y. This is definitely a new and improved John Mayer we can get on board with.