Say goodbye to the days of brooding and soft-toned John Mayer music videos. He whipped out the dance moves in a colorful new visual for “Still Feel Like Your Man.”
While Mayer has hinted the song is about ex-girlfriend Katy Perry, the clip doesn’t make any reference to his former flame. Directed by Mister Whitmore, the video is instead decorated with kimonos, dancers in panda bear costumes, swordfighting and bamboo trees in a scene that Mayer described as a “disco dojo.”
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Mayer said the relaxed pop melody reminded him of “ancient Japanese R&B,” a musical style that does not exist, but he wanted to highlight visually. He anticipated the potential backlash of cultural-appropriation accusations and thoughtfully defended himself. “I think we were as sensitive as we could be. We discussed it at every juncture,” he told The Times.
“I’m on the right side of the line because it’s an idea for the video that has a very multiethnic casting, and nobody who is white of non-Asian is playing an Asian person,” he continued.
As for the slick choreography, Mayer posted a tweet announcing the video release and also the premiere of the dance moves he joked fans have been begging to see for “years.”
Fans have asked me for *years*, “John Mayer, when are you going to dance in a music video?” I did this for them. https://t.co/5W7B4ehUNu
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) April 5, 2017
“Still Feel Like Your Man” was released in February, as part of the second wave of songs from Mayer’s seventh album, The Search for Everything, which will be made available in its entirety on April 14. Watch the video for “Still Feel Like Your Man” below: