“I wrote the album At Night, Alone and that’s how it’s meant to be listened to…” - hmv.com talks to Mike Posner
As he releases his new album At Night, Alone, which features megahit ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’, we chatted with Mike Posner about why it’s taken him six years to release a second album, working with Labrinth and why this is a dark, dark record…
How long did it take for the songs on At Night, Alone to come together?
“I’ve had it done for a year or so, I had all the songs written a while ago, but it took me about a year and a half to get it all done. I’ve been working on it pretty consistently.”
It’s been six years since your debut 31 Minutes To Takeoff, what’s gone on in between?
“I made two albums for my last record label, one was called Sky High and the other was called Pages, but both of them got shelved and never came out. This should be my fourth album, but it’s my second, I’m working on getting the rights back for those other two records and hopefully they can come out too.”
Have you been able to channel that frustration into these new songs?
“Yeah, some of the lyrics are pretty on the nose and I’ve been able to chronicle all that in my writing. I always kept working.”
You’ve written some big hits in the years in between, like Justin Bieber’s ‘Boyfriend’, has that changed how you wrote your own songs?
“Not really. The songs I wrote for other people were just songs from the two albums that didn’t come out, so I wanted to use them and have them come out in some form, it’s not really changed how I do things.”
You’ve got Labrinth on the album, what was he like to work with?
“I’ve been working with him for seven years, we did a track together for my first album which didn’t end up making it, the second time we wrote ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’, which he put out and we’ve always worked together after that. I love that guy to death, I feel lucky to be able to work with him.”
What kind of album is this lyrically? People will know ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’, which is very dark, does that sum up the album’s lyrical tone?
“It’s all kind of like that. I get my inspiration from everywhere, I remember hearing John Frusciante, who used to be in the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and him saying that songs are in the room before you get there. I used to think that was crazy, but I’ve been writing for 20 years now and it really is like that. You master the mechanics and the formats and then it’s about getting out of the way of song.”
When did you come up with the title At Night, Alone?
“I wrote the album At Night, Alone and that’s how it’s meant to be listened to. I know only a small percentage of your readers will buy this album, but if they do the first time they listen to it should be at night, alone and in its entirety, that’s how I want people to hear it.”
What’s your plan for touring the record?
“I’m over in the UK for V Festival and then I’ve got more tours lined up. I’ve got an amazing band now, I was out on my own, acoustic, for a long time, but now I’ve got a great group and I can’t wait to get out on the road.”
Mike Posner’s new album At Night, Alone is out now and available to order here in hmv’s online store.