1.) 30-year-old Ann Arbor, Mich.-native Andrew Cohen a.k.a Haircut (DJ Haircut) as now also known as Mayer Hawthorne, made all the right moves in his DJ career: He relocated to LA, got a regular gig spinning at a chic spot in Hollywood, began producing tracks for hip-hop soul outfit Now On and founded his own entertainment company, A-Side Worldwide, aimed at making him even more popular.
Then, Mayer Hawthorne, Cohen's doo-wop singing, argyle-sweater-wearing alter-ego came into the picture and stole Haircut's thunder like a vengeful Marcia Brady.
The critical success and international tour that followed Hawthorne's 2009 debut album, A Strange Arrangement—a collection of sparkling original soul songs with strong influences from Philly and Motown—made it tough for Haircut to get noticed, but he'll be making a comeback with his first-ever Boston set this Saturday.
"On the Stones Throw tour," says Cohen/Hawthorne/Haircut via email, "I would open a show with a DJ set and people would come up and ask me, 'When is Mayer Hawthorne performing?' It was pretty comical."
Regardless of his chosen moniker, Haircut keeps it real.
"I'm a terrible actor. If I tried to play a character, it wouldn't be believable. I'm just being myself—it's got to be genuine. Even before Mayer Hawthorne, I was wearing ties and argyle sweaters.
"I've been DJing my whole life, but I've only been singing for about a year. It's still one of my favorite things to do."
2) A guitar pop band from Melbourne, Australia. Issued a limited edition cassette, Sweatshop, on Osborne Again in June 2014: http://osborneagainmusic.bandcamp.com/album/sweatshop
3) Haircut is also a French Oi! band from Paris.
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