J-14 recently caught up with Mike Posner, the singer behind his hit song "Cooler Than Me," on why he chose to finish college before embarking on his music career and what a girl can really do to catch his eye!
J-14: So tell us a little bit about what inspired "Cooler Than Me."
Mike Posner: Well, it was a song that I recorded when I was still a student at Duke University, and most people don't believe me when I tell them that I recorded it in my dorm room on a really cheap microphone on my laptop. But I did so it's really special for me to hear it on the radio around the world knowing the way in which I made it. It's a song about a girl that I went to school with, but it's also about a specific type of girl that everyone's had an experience or two with in their time.
J-14: What's your most personal song on your album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff?
Mike: My songs are all personal. I think that's what makes my music different from other artists in my lane is that I write every word that's on my album, and every word comes from a real experience or a real feeling that I've either experienced or felt. And I'm very particular about that and I take a lot of pride in it, so you know if I say something on a song, I mean it.
J-14: What made you stay school once you got a record deal instead of just going to do the music thing?
Mike: Well obviously, that was an option that I could've pursued. I had a job at that point. You know, 99.9% of people in the world don't get the opportunity to go to college at all, let alone a school like Duke University. So there were a lot of people in my family that had to sacrifice for me to have that opportunity.
J-14: What are your dating dos and don'ts?
Mike: Just be yourself and be upfront about your expectations and desires. Don't be ambiguous and play hard to get. It doesn't work. You'll end up in the friend zone.
J-14: What's something a girl can really do to win your heart?
Mike: Just be herself. It really matters to me. I know it sounds corny, but I look for a girl that has a beautiful personality on the inside. And a pretty laugh doesn't hurt!
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