10 Things You Didn’t Know About John Mayer
8. Becoming a Musician
When he was 17-years-old, Mayer wound up in the hospital due to an irregular heartbeat and was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia. The experience had a profound impact on him, so much so that afterwards he began writing songs. After he graduated high school, the “Your Body is a Wonderland” singer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He eventually dropped out after two semesters and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with his friend Clay Cook (who is now a member of Zac Brown Band). The two tried to market themselves as a duo but eventually split ways. The road to success for Mayer was quite fast. He quickly developed a reputation in Atlanta while playing in the local club circuit and fled to Austin to play the annual Southwest festival. It was here that he caught the attention of record-label scouts and a year later, released the album, Room for Squares.
7. Anxiety Attacks
Mayer has a strange fear of going insane that stems from his panic attacks. He grew up in a household where his parents fought a lot. It was so bad he used the guitar as a way to “disappear and create my own world I could believe in.” As a teenager, he began suffering from severe panic attacks which lead to him developing the irrational fear that he would be put in a mental institution. “Growing up, that was the big fear. I would get anxiety attacks too, and we would talk each other down…His mind works at such speed that I think he would sort of second-guess his sanity at times,” said his friend, Joe Beleznay. The panic attacks have since subsided due to medication.