Artist 101: Foster the People

Your go-to-guide for everything you need to know about an American indie pop band Foster the People.

Who are the members of Foster the People?

Mark Foster ( lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, synthesizers)

Sean Cimino (guitar, piano, keyboards, backing vocals)

Isom Innis (piano, keyboards, drums, percussion, backing vocals, bass)

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Mark Pontius (drums, percussion, backing vocals)

What are their most known songs?

Pumped up Kicks


4 facts about Foster the People

  • Foster the People was originally called “Foster and the People”.
  • When it comes to composing songs, Mark Foster says he composes the music first, and then often freestyles the words after creating atmosphere through harmonies and beats.
  • In 2008, Foster took on at job at Mophonics writing commercial jingle writer.
  • The band has worked extensively with Paul Epworth, a noted producer who has also worked with the likes of Adele, Bloc Party and Cee-Lo Green.

What else do I need to know about the band?

Foster founded the band in 2009 after spending several years in Los Angeles as a struggling musician and working as a commercial jingle writer. After Foster’s song “Pumped Up Kicks” became a viral success in 2010, the group received a record deal from Startime International and gained a fanbase through small club shows and appearances at music festivals. After releasing their debut album Torches in May 2011, “Pumped Up Kicks” became a crossover hit on commercial radio in mid-2011 and eventually reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.

What are their social media links?

Official website:

Twitter:@fosterthepeople, @iamseancimino,@MarkPontius,@isominnis

Instagram:@fosterthepeople,@mistersmims, @akrobat, @fathorseranch, @isominnis

Facebook: @fosterthepeople

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Written by Caroline