Mike Posner really did take a pill in Ibiza with the intention of impressing superstar DJ Avicii.
“One-hundred percent,” the “Cooler Than Me” singer responded when I asked him how autobiographical his song, “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” was. “(Avicii) didn’t take (a pill), but I took one to be cool.”
SeeB, a Norwegian production duo, remixed Posner’s version of “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” and now it is rocketing up the airplay charts. The remix jumped six spots to 14 on the Nielsen BDS chart this week.
Coincidentally, it was a remix that first launched the Duke University alumnus’ career on to the airwaves. Minneapolis-based producer Gigamesh reworked Posner’s original rendition of “Cooler Than Me” to the version that we came to know and love in the summer of 2010. The song landed Posner a deal with RCA and went on to crack the top 10 in seven different countries. Later that summer, Posner stopped by Northeastern Pennsylvania with a performance on the Vans Warped Tour at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain.
Although it’s been six years, Posner has actually ended up on the radio since then in other forms. The artist has kept busy with not only his own projects, but writing for other musicians; his credits include Justin Bieber’s hit “Boyfriend” and Maroon 5’s Grammy-nominated “Sugar.”
“Adam (Levine) worked on the song as well; he’s an amazing writer,” Posner said of the track, which he initially planned to keep for one of his own albums. “I was really honored to work with them … I listened to ‘Songs About Jane’ when I was like, 19. That was my jam in my first car.”
Now Posner is under a different record label (Island) and has not only Avicii, but a country music star to thank for his latest success.
“I was in the studio with my friend Jake Owen,” Posner recalled. “I played him a different song and he goes, ‘What inspired that tune?’”
Posner replied that he “made it up.” Owen paused for a moment and then offered up a serious question.
Owen “looked at me and he goes, ‘Why don’t you just tell the truth?’”
That night, Posner hopped aboard a plane and wrote “I Took A Pill In Ibiza.” It makes perfect sense that it all happened in the air; the song will probably serve as the lead single for Posner’s full-length follow-up to his 2010 debut titled, “31 Minutes to Takeoff.”
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