Mayer Hawthorne Drops Video For “The Game”

Grammy-nominated recording artist Mayer Hawthorne has dropped the official music video for his latest single, “The Game.” Inspired by the classic film “The Princess Bride” and directed by Alexis Sepkovic and Pele Kudren, Hawthorne chose a different approach for the new video: making it one-minute long. In fact, the majority of the videos for his next few releases will be one-minute long out of respect for busy schedules and shortening attention spans. For those who prefer a traditional music video, a longer version is also available on YouTube. Click HERE to watch the official one-minute long video for “The Game” and watch the extended version now below.

“In order to successfully shoot this video, I spent the last few years developing an immunity to iocane powder,” Hawthorne shares with a laugh. “Huge shout out to Pele and co. for taking my preposterous idea and making it come to life. Rest in peace, William Goldman.”

The release of “The Game” earlier this summer marked the critically-acclaimed musician’s first taste of new music in three years and first official release via Hawthorne’s newly launched label, Big Bucks. In another first, the track also denotes the first time he’s issued new solo music simultaneously with music from his other project Tuxedo (his funk duo with Grammy-nominated hip-hop producer Jake One), who recently delivered their third studio album, Tuxedo III, in July. PRESS HERE to listen “The Game” on DSPs.

Mayer Hawthorne is a modern-day renaissance man. The prolific Los Angeles-based writer has penned every word of his extensive catalog, including four full-length albums. His songwriting pulls from his life and observations; his heartache and joy. Sometimes it’s groovy, other times he’s vulnerable and sincere, but it’s always timeless and soulful. Hawthorne, who began his career by making rap beats and DJing near hisMichigan hometown at the height of Detroit hip-hop, also handles the lion’s share of production for his music and is a skilled musician, who’s played nearly every instrument on his acclaimed albums.

A true music aficionado and vinyl junkie, Mayer Hawthorne is not only influenced by the greats of the past in his original music, but continues to showcase his extensive musical knowledge through his DJ sets as well as his own Hawthorne Radio, a monthly playlist series available on his website and SoundCloud, where he has over 5 million followers.