Beneath the catchy song, Pumped Up Kicks lies a dark message on mental health and gun control. Click to find out more from singer-songwriter Mark Foster.
Ensconced in catchy tune and funky beat, the song Pumped Up Kicks embodies Mark Foster’s prolific musical talent. He wrote and played each instrument in the song, his falsetto reminiscent of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine.
Perhaps only few people know that the song they’ve swayed or bobbed their heads to holds an implicit message on gun control, bullying and mental health.
|Full Name||Mark Derek Foster|
|Professional Name||Mark Foster|
|Date of Birth||29 February 1984|
|Place of Birth||San Jose, California|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75m)|
|Ethnicity||German, English, Irish, distant Welsh|
|Eye color||Dark Brown|
|Profession||Musician, Singer, Songwriter|
|Education||Nordonia High School|
|Associated Acts||Foster the People, Jena Malone, Kimbra, Madeon, The Knocks|
|Social media Presence||Fosterthepeople.com|
|Albums||Torches (2011) Supermodel (2014) Sacred Hearts Club (2017)|
|Awards||New Artists of the Year, SharkOne Awards (2011)
Song of the Year, WEQX Awards (2011)
Top Rock Song, Billboard Music Awards (2012)
Best Director of a Band & Best Computer Effects, MVP Awards (2013)
Top 40 Group of the Year, New Music Awards (2019, pending)
|Trivia||He struggled with drug addiction in his 20s.|
Mark Foster Net Worth
|Estimated Net Worth 2020||$5M|
|How Much Did Mark Foster Earn Last year?||$ 1M|
|What are Mark Foster’s Income Sources?||Concerts, Shows, Musical Scoring|
|How Much Does Mark Foster Earn from concerts and shows?||$1M|
|How Much Does Mark Foster Earn From Musical scoring?||$100K|
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The home has 4,637 square feet of living space and breathtaking scenery. It boasts of three bedrooms and three bathrooms. A library and sitting area with tile-floored spacious family room, wall-to-wall windows, wood floors and pitched beam ceilings complete the two-storey house.
The house also features a private screening room, a gym and a massive deck.
From the looks of it, Mark Foster can host a mini-concert in his sprawling property.
Mark Foster Family
Mark Foster’s parents are Daniel and Kathleen. He was an only child born in California but grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.
His maternal grandfather was born in Bolivia to American parents. Mark’s great maternal grandparents were Germans who had settled in Pennsylvania.
Mark has a tattoo of boxing gloves to honor his grandfather, who was a boxer. He owes his father for encouraging him to pursue his dreams.
Mark Foster Early Life
In an interview, Foster said he started going to music shows at age 13 to see local bands play. He said it was a pleasant feeling to have a “family” in the local music scene, as he did not feel he had a “family at school”.
Mark Foster Education
In California, he lived with an uncle but was struggling to break through the industry for several years.
Mark Foster Early Career
For the next eight years, Foster was the epitome of a starving artist and worked odd jobs- painting houses, telemarketing, bartending and waiting tables to develop his network.
He then wrote songs and scores for film and television projects for comedian Andy Dick for about seven years.
Foster also worked as a music producer, producing songs for bands like Frodad and The Rondo Brothers, among others. In 2008, he wrote commercial jingles for Mophonics—a company that writes and produces music.
Solo Songs by Mark Foster
Before making it big with Foster the People, Mark released a nine- track solo album, in 2009. It included songs for Foster’s friends; Downtown, dedicated to the late Brad Renfro, who died of drug overdose, and Ballad of Andy for Andy Dick, who Mark worked with for several years.
Another song called “Polartropic (You Don’t Understand Me)” was featured in the soundtrack of the 2012 animated film Frankenweenie.
Foster The People
In 2009, Foster finally had success in forming a band along with his two friends, Mark Pontius (drummer) and Jacob “Cubbie” Fink (bassist). A CNN interview revealed they were all aspiring musicians who worked odd jobs while waiting for a break.
“Foster and the People” was the band’s original name but many of their friends mistook it as “Foster the People”, so the band stuck to the name.
Pumped Up Kicks
Foster wrote and recorded the song in five hours, which later became the band’s first song. He released it online in 2010 and received favorable feedback, making its way to television shows like Entourage and advertising campaigns for Nylon and other companies. Because of the song’s increasing popularity, Columbia Records signed the band in the same year.
Mark Foster’s Song About Gun Control and Mental Health
Worried about the increasing mental health issues among teens, and the increasing incidents of mass shootings impelled Foster to write the lyrics for Pumped Up Kicks. The song’s chorus is a glaring warning to the victims: ‘better run, better run, faster than my bullet’.
Sandy Hook School Shooting
The song became controversial just weeks after topping the BillBoard Hot 100, when the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting happened. This prompted radio stations to stop playing the song temporarily, while MTV bleeped the words “gun” and “bullet” from the chorus.
The shooter, Adam Lanza, was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome who, in his teens, suffered from depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. According to the Office of the Child Advocate report, Lanza’s preoccupation with violence and access to deadly weapons proved a “recipe for mass murder”.
Mark Foster Wife
Before 2019 came to a close, Mark Foster wed Ozark actress Julia Garner. Foster’s Instagram account showed the couple sitting in a cab with the location marked New York City Hall. Foster posted a ring emoji in the said post.
Garner, 10 years younger, stars in Netflix- based crime drama Ozark, where she won an award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2019. Accepting the award, Garner thanked Foster, calling him “the love of my life.”
Foster the People With Other Artists
Mark Foster Apologizes to Imagine Dragons
In 2019, Mark apologized to Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons on Twitter saying: “I would like to apologize to Dan Reynolds and his band Imagine Dragons. In a passing moment last year, I let some words come out of my mouth that don’t reflect who I am, or what I stand for.”
The apology came following a 2018 interview in which Foster joked that he and his bandmates gave all their subpar material left on the cutting-room floor to Imagine Dragons.
Foster the People: Band Tours, Songs
The band continues to tour worldwide and their audio CD albums are available on Amazon.