After struggling for years as an independent musician, Mark Foster decided to pursue music as a trio, when he recruited bass player, Jacob "Cubbie" Fink and Mark Pontius on drums and percussion. Thus, Foster the People was created and they've never looked back. With the mainstream success of "Pumped Up Kicks," the trio received a record deal from Startime International, and obtained a large fan base through their festival and small clubs performances.
The trio released their debut album, Torches, in May 2011 and "Pumped Up Kicks," became a crossover sensation and success. They also received two Grammy nominations for the album and single. Mark Foster has well-known connections in the film industry, as he would work various jobs and attend parties in the Hollywood Hills. During this time, he briefly roomed with now-passed-away "The Client" film star, Brad Renfro, and was deep in the drug culture when he first moved to Los Angeles.
He formed Foster the People with former film school student who was leaving his current band Malbec, Mark Pontius. To round out the group, Foster also recruited his long-time friend, Fink on bass, who had lost his job at a television production company due to the economic recession. With the release of the catchy and upbeat pop dance single, 'Pumped Up Kicks," they became quite popular instantly, first as a free download via their website, then through Nylon Magazine in an online advertising campaign, and also through dozens of other blogs.
Shortly after their record-signing, label deal, they took time to cultivate their debut album, and to get their feet wet as an experienced touring act, they performed at small clubs, and the band had to go an extra mile and e-mail fans directly who had downloaded "Pumped Up Kicks" from their site, and encourage them to go see them live. They also performed a residency at The Echo nightclub in Los Angeles. This chronicled their beginning to success, and catapulted them to great heights amongst their peers and the music scene. They also appeared as the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" on October 8, 2011.
The band's second studio album, Supermodel, was released on March 18, 2014, with the featured single "Coming of Age," and the music video for their single "Best Friend." The band was featured on "Last Call with Carson Daly," "The Tonight Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," and "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." Their debut studio album Torches reached on the Billboard Hot 100.
Currently touring throughout summer 2014 at various festivals and other venue locations. For tickets and more information, click HERE.