Bad car analogies? John Mayer loves them. After being asked how he feels about “the whole Guitar Hero-game phenomenon” in a recent interview, he responded:
I don’t ever want to be the kind of guy who rails against whatever progress has taken place. But Guitar Hero was devised to bring the guitar-playing experience to the masses without them having to put anything into it. And having done both, there’s nothing like really playing guitar. I mean, what would you rather drive, a Ferrari or one of those amusement-park cars on a track?
I take it you laugh to yourself when you see kids with training wheels on their bike too, John?
Mayer is then asked a far juicier question regarding the democratization of music creation technology, and how easy it is for kids to create music these days:
The fact that you could record a song tonight greatly dements the creative process. The fact that if you wanted to right now, you and your friends could get together, do a photo shoot. Within 20 minutes you could have a band name, a photo shoot, a Website, a logo. The first time I ever got a four-track recorder I didn’t write a song. I did like as many-part harmony to “Star Spangled Banner” vocally as I could do, because you just want to experience the technology. So I think that’s part of it too. I’m trying to be compassionate about it and not say oh, these fuckin’ kids, you know? But it is.
There you have it kids, he might be incredibly successful - but he’s an arrogant turd just waiting to turn the answer to a relevant, insightful industry question into more reasons why he’s better than everyone else.
via Rolling Stone