10 Questions for John Mayer

Singer-songwriter John Mayer on throat surgery, his new album, life in Montana and the DIY music industry

David Johnson for TIME

You've been out of the spotlight for a couple of years. You had throat surgery and Botox injections into your vocal cords to get rid of a recurring inflammation called a granuloma. What were you up to all that time?
I was really able to come off-line and think, Who do you want to be now? You certainly have the opportunity to make whatever music you want to make. I remember at some point thinking, Wow, do you hear that? That's the sound of nobody thinking about me.

You weren't at home in Montana thinking music's going on without...

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