Mike Posner gave fans a glimpse into his life when he released ‘I Took A Pill in Ibiza’ in 2015. The folk song caught the attention of many, but when it received a makeover (the song was later transformed into a ‘Tropical House’ track), it garnered even more attention, ultimately scoring one billion views on YouTube.
Though the song is infectious, it’s hard to ignore the haunting lyrics since it’s based on the singer’s real-life experiences.
“I took a pill in Ibiza to show Avicii I was cool, and when I finally got sober felt 10 years older, but it was something to do… but you don’t wanna be high like me… you don’t ever wanna step off that roller coaster and be all alone,” Mike sings on ‘Ibiza’.
There is utter conviction. As medium.com so aptly states, “Posner warns against succumbing to the allure of making decisions that ultimately leave one lonely and confused.”
“I got to Ibiza and I was alone… I was actually hoping that someone would recognize me… to validate me and make me feel like I’m not a failure. That song is about that darkness and that low in my life,” the singer said in an interview.
Whilst Mike Posner tried to impress Avicii by taking a pill, Avicii was facing his own demons. The popular deejay committed suicide a few years later, rocking the entertainment industry to the core.
Mike Posner’s song took on a whole new meaning then—an even darker theme, and reality set in for many.
Sometimes people will go to extraordinary lengths just to impress someone else… but at what cost?
Being a part of the “cool crowd” can certainly be fun, but here’s my advice to you: don’t lose yourself in the process. Also, ensure that you are surrounded by genuine individuals (people who will lead you in the right direction) and never be afraid to say “no” to the wrong things.
You’ll certainly be happier in the end.
Have a great weekend guys.
Sincerely, as always,