Fri, Feb. 21st, 2014 · The Cannery Ballroom · $18 adv | $20 DOS

Mayer Hawthorne

with Quadron

Fri, Feb. 21st, 2014

Mayer Hawthorne

with Quadron

$18 adv | $20 DOS
Doors: 9:00pm
Show: 10:00pm
Ages: 18+
The Cannery Ballroom

Fri, Feb. 21st, 2014

The Cannery Ballroom
Doors: 9:00pm
Show: 10:00pm
Ages: 18+
$18 adv | $20 DOS
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Mayer Hawthorne

with Quadron

Mayer Hawthorne


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Mayer Hawthorne has come a long way since his 2008 debut, and right now, he says, “Life is great.” He’s released two well-received full-length albums, had songs licensed for film and television, and toured the world with Bruno Mars, Foster The People, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, and the late Amy Winehouse. His latest, Where Does This Door Go, features a host of top-flight production work from Pharrell Williams, Greg Wells, Jack Splash, John Hill, and Oak (of Oak & Pop), who contributes the smooth and powerful single “Her Favorite Song.” 

The single premiered in May of 2013 and became an instant hit. Billboard called it “expansive,” and New York Magazine said “…sounds like seventies smooth-rock kings Steely Dan.” The track is the follow up to the first teaser for the album, “Designer Drug,” which topped the Hype Machine charts and gave Mayer the title of “Most Blogged Artist” on the site. The full album will be released on July 16th on Republic Records.

Mayer grew up just outside of Detroit in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and remembers, as a child, driving through the Motor City with his father and tuning the car radio I n to the region’s rich musical tapestry. He has produced music and played multiple instruments for much of his life and uses skills honed as a club DJ to create his own original dance floor fillers. Throughout the years he’s cited Soul legends Barry White and Curtis Mayfield as inspiration, along with late hip-hop producer J Dilla. 

But comfortably relocated in Los Angeles, the hat he now wears is that of a yachtsman in the mold of Hall and Oates, Steely Dan and Michael McDonald. The old influences remain—the creative vision of Dilla, the urban elegance of Mayfield and White—but today’s Hawthorne is a smiling sophisticate. Some have described the vibe of Where Does This Door Go as “Steely Dan meets the Beastie Boys,” which suggests both a studio seriousness and playfully irreverent approach.

“The only rule I had when I went in to make this album was that it had to be fun,” he says.

In the last five years, Mayer has grown as a singer, songwriter and in his desire for collaboration. Working with touring partners like Winehouse and Badu bolstered his vocal chops by teaching him how to use his voice as an instrument. Lyrically, he’s moved away from the bitter break-up tone of his first two albums toward more diverse storytelling and personal coming-of-age content, and he’s relaxed his DIY ethos of crafting every song from start to finish.

Now, he’s motivated to create soul music that can win—win on the radio, win on the charts, win over clubs and win over hearts. With Where Does This Door Go, Mayer is back to his soul foundation and hip-hop roots, and is making the most enjoyable and youthful music of his career.

 “This record for me is really about a journey into the unknown,” he says. “As a musician, you’re only as good as your next record, and you never know what’s through that next door.”

Quadron


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First introduced by a mutual friend, vocalist Coco O., and multi-instrumentalist/producer Robin Hannibal had immediate chemistry. “As soon as I met her I knew she was special.” Robin says of their first encounter. “She could sing the phonebook and make it sound good.” Dubbing themselves Quadron, as a respectful nod to both of their heritages as being ¼ Black, the two began making waves across various taste-making blogs. It was only a matter of time before the Danish duo was picked up by Los Angeles –based Plug Research Music and introduced to the stateside audience. 

The Motown-inspired "Slippin'" quickly made Coco a darling among music critics. Soon to follow, Quadron found themselves on the soundtrack for the Oscar-Award nominated film The Kids are Alright, as well as multiple TV placements including Grey’s Anatomy.

In 2009, just a few months after Quadron began issuing their music, renowned BBC DJ Gilles Peterson found himself enamored by the sensuous track "Day", and included the song in his highly anticipated year-end special of Worldwide. Also recognizing the tremendous talent of the duo, both New York Magazine, as well as L.A’s well-respected KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez, named their self-titled album as one of the “Top Ten Best” of the year. Most notably, however, has been the tremendous support Quadron’s been given by industry heavy-hitters. Among several others, Prince and Adele have labeled themselves as fans, and Raphael Saadiq invited Quadron to be the opening act for his 2011 tour. 

While Coco’s inspiration springs from a life well-lived (“leisurely bike rides and good drinks”) she credits Lauryn Hill’s classic Miseducation and Sade’s elegant lyrics as being at the center of her formative music years--“I used to say ‘I grew up on breast milk and Sade’”, Coco quips. Robin’s flair for layering the intricacies of chord progressions, composition, and instrumentation come from his love for musical greats such as Ennio Morricone and Charles Stepney. Together, the two masterfully blend their influences to give way to true artistry.

Promising a sophomore album with more up-tempo songs and thoughtful instrumentations, Quadron is excited about sharing the evolution of their sound which includes influences from soul, pop, folk, and even at times electronic. “As we change as humans our music changes with us” Coco says of their in-progress new material. “It’s still Robin and Coco …but even better versions than in 2009.”