Even in the digital age, some songs still require time to grow organically. “Cooler Than Me” charted in 19 countries reaching number 3 on Billboard Pop Chart. After more than two years, one of his tracks has caught fire thanks to the unexpected reception of a remix.Such is the case with Mike Posner‘s smash, “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.” Posner wrote the track back in 2014 as an acoustic song but he didn’t release it until a year later. Although Posner embraces remixes, having made dozens of them for A-list artists, See B’s didn’t stand out at first. I was listening to a lot of Bob Dyland and Merle Haggard.On songwriting Just a few of the many songs penned by Posner that readers may be familiar with include the Grammy-nominated “Sugar” by Maroon 5, “Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth and Emeli Sande and “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber.“A lot of the songs I wrote for other people I originally wrote for myself.“No one has to listen to my song but it is my job to be telling the truth - I would be doing a bad job if I lied.I’m an artist, I’m not a brand, I’m not at a government agency, I’m not at school, I’m not a teacher.I think kind of the problem is a lot of the art that we curate on our radio stations and on our TVs is that we only look at the beautiful parts of life and we pretend like there’s nothing but positive emotions floating around.
It’s really nice and there is like unlimited talented people out there and I’ve worked with and some of the best singers in the world, so I’m really lucky.” Movie Awards when he wore the giant mask from his “I Took a Pill In Ibiza” video. “No,” says Posner, shutting down suggestions he actually is a celebrity.
If I’d never descended how could I have written that song?
“Life is exciting and mysterious and when you’re in a down period you never know how that’s going to play out,” he says saying he’s experienced “a re-emergence into some sort of mediocre popularity”.
“Lots of artists make art that no one appreciates until they die.
When you’re making art and people are appreciating it while I’m alive, as an artist you can’t really ask for anything more.