Two-and-a-half years ago, Michael “Mikey” Foster, 31, and Charles “Scootie” Anderson, 26, moved from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles with the hope, says Foster, of mostly “understanding more about music.” Though each had flown west separately and had met only once before, they soon found themselves housed beneath the same Sherman Oaks roof, living among a collective of musicians.
They quickly fell into the rhythm of their new space, each day beginning with breakfast downstairs and often a round of shots from whatever bottle was on hand. There was an endless succession of recording sessions. It was in this way that Foster and Anderson began co-producing and co-writing hits -- first for Ariana Grande's 2015 Christmas & Chill EP, then for Jennifer Lopez and Chris Brown.
And when the pair eventually decided they didn't want to let go of all the compositions, they copped the name of their home's Wi-Fi network -- Social House -- and became artists themselves. In March, they will hit the road with Grande, opening for her 42-city Sweetener Tour. “It's unbelievable to think we have this big of an opportunity this fast,” says Foster. “We're newbies.”