"It was a vain attempt to impress my bandmates and keep up with their musicianship," he says of his writing exercise.
After taking six years between his first two albums, Mike Posner has turned into something of a nonstop creative factor.
His new album -- the spoken-word I was born in detroit on a very, very, very, very, very, very, very cold day -- comes out Friday following 2016's At Night, Alone and last year's debut album by Mansionz, his collaboration with blackbear, and the poetry book Tear Drops and Balloons. And Posner is already back in the studio working on his next album -- "And very excited about that too," he tells Billboard.
"I've got a lot of great songs and I'm working on getting the recordings as good as I think the songs are, 'cause those things last forever," says Posner, who's enlisted Ricky Reed to help "polish up" the new tracks. "I have the songs written and some of them are close to all the way [finished], and some are demos or things I'm playing on my guitar." Once he has some finished recordings, Posner says he and Reed "will decide if any of them warrant features."