Foster The People (Formed 2009)
Foster The People is an American Indie Pop band from LA.
The members are Mark Foster (vocals, keyboards, piano, synthesizers, guitar, programming, percussion), Jacob "Cubbie" Fink (bass and backing vocals), and Mark Pontius (drums, percussion).
They are best known for their single "Pumped Up Kicks".
Formation: Foster moved in with his uncle in Sylmar, LA, to pursue a career in music.
He struggled with a drug addiction when first moving to LA.
Pontius left his previous band, Malbec, in 2009 to join Foster.
Later, Foster's long time friend Fink joined the band.
Music Career: Foster wrote the song "Pumped Up Kicks" which was ultimately the bands breakthrough.
It was available for download on the bands website in early 2010.
They performed at the South by Southwest festival in March 2010.
In May 2010, the band signed to the Columbia Imprint Startime International in a mutli-album deal.
To publish songs outside of North America, they are also signed with Sony/ ATV Music Publishing.
The band was booked to perform at Aprils Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, in 2011.
They issued their first commercial non-single release in January 2011. It was a self-titled EP including the songs "Pumped Up Kicks", "Houdini", and "Helena Beat".
"Pumped Up Kicks" received great success, peaking at number 1 on the Alternative Songs Chart in June.
At the end of 2011, they received two Grammy Award nominations for "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" for "Pumped Up Kicks", and "Best Alternative Music Album" for "Torches".
They performed at the 'Firefly Music Festival' in June 2013.
Their second studio album was meant to be released in November 2013, but was instead released in January 2014.
Biography by Contactmusic.com