Mark Foster (born on February 29 , 1984) is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and a member of the American indie rock and pop band Foster the People from Los Angeles, California.
Foster attended Nordonia High School in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating, he moved in with his uncle in Sylmar, Los Angeles in California to pursue a music career. Foster worked various odd jobs, and, at night, he began to attend parties in Hollywood in an attempt to network. He said, "I felt like an 18-year-old Hunter S. Thompson. I was just diving into this Hollywood Hills subculture and taking it all in. I wasn't shy about taking my guitar out at a party. I wanted to be the center of attention."
At one time, he roomed with actor Brad Renfro. Foster struggled with drug addiction during his initial years in Los Angeles, saying, "It got pretty dark. My friends thought I was going to die. I was blind to it. When I was 19 years old, it got to a point where I said, 'Enough is enough'... I saw time was just passing me by. I wasn't being productive."
Sure. Yeah, I think that's a human emotion that everybody probably feels sometimes. Especially where my life is at now, look how it's changed over the last year. There's definitely times when I just wanna disappear, I'm so exposed and there are so many people who want something from me, want to talk to me, want me to take a picture, want me to sign something, want me to touch them or whatever.. As extroverted as I am, I’m also very private and I love being anonymous. So I went to Thailand for a week before we started this tour, just by myself, and it was great because nobody knew who I was, I could walk around and not worry about being looked at or whatever. I can’t even imagine what it’s like for someone like Lady Gaga or Tom Cruise, you know! I’ve only gotten a small taste of what it’s like for them"—Mark Foster