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Episode 28: Mike Posner    

Episode 28: Mike Posner

Welcome to episode twenty-eight of The Madhappy Podcast, a conversation on mental health with the singer, songwriter, and record producer Mike Posner hosted by Madhappy co-founders Mason Spector and Peiman Raf. In this episode, we talk to Mike about his journey in the music industry, how it’s affected his mental health,  and how he’s learned to take ownership of his happiness.

Mason kicks off the episode by asking Mike about his childhood in the Midwest (3:05), moving us into a conversation about how he got involved in the music world, telling us how he first started rapping and writing songs when he was eight years old. Mike then talks about how his mentors, including Big Sean, helped shape him into the artist he became throughout his career (6:29). 

Mike then tells us why he decided to stop drinking as Mason shares his last experience consuming alcohol before deciding to become sober (12:30), which leads us into a conversation about listening to our bodies and not leaning on external things for validation. Mike then speaks about never having an “I made it” moment because he felt like he was always chasing something else (15:04) and how he now takes ownership over his happiness and focuses on living in the present (19:20). 

Next, Mason asks Mike about his walk across America in 2019 and how being in a challenging mental place inspired him to do it (26:06), which moves us into a conversation about reasoning and the importance of looking at the big picture (35:13). We wrap up the episode by learning how Mike maintains his day-to-day mental health with meditation and a reliable support system (43:19). 

Listen to episode twenty-eight of The Madhappy Podcast below:

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