About Mike Posner
Rarely has a night out launched a career quite like Mike Posner’s trip to the White Isle did. The Detroit singer/songwriter became an overnight sensation in 2015 when his song “I Took a Pill in Ibiza”—a bittersweet acoustic ballad about losing one’s way—got a wistful tropical-house remix from the Norwegian duo Seeb. It was a fitting twist, given that Posner, born in 1988, has always bridged musical universes. In 2009, he started with a pair of mixtapes that fused rap and funk with melodic hooks, while on 2010’s 31 Minutes to Takeoff, he fleshed out his sandpapery drawl with soul, electro-pop, and orchestral flourishes. But as a song on 2016’s At Night, Alone put it, things were “Not That Simple”: That album largely jettisoned synths in favor of acoustic guitars and piano, refashioning Posner as an old-school singer/songwriter. He’s spent the years since exploring melodies, guitars, bass-heavy beats, and, on 2018’s Tear Drops and Balloons, spoken-word poetry over ambient backdrops. Far from what his breakout might have suggested, Posner’s songs aren’t about fleeting pleasures—they’re about connecting with what’s honest and genuine, no matter the genre.
BORNFebruary 12, 1988