Post Malone is arguably the biggest star on the planet; he has over 43 million unique monthly listeners on Spotify alone, has broken countless chart records over the last few years and is somewhat of an enigma. His favourite band of all time, on the other hand, are a group who you’re unlikely to spot in the Billboard 200, but over the last decade, they’ve built themselves up to be revered hugely.
Malone’s success arrived in 2015 when he was skint and living on a friend’s couch in Los Angeles, which is a similar rise to stardom as many greats. After dropping ‘White Iverson‘ on his Soundcloud page to little expectations, the track clocked up over a million plays in the first month alone and was shared on social media by the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller. The following month, he signed to Republic Records, and over the next couple of years, Malone continued his rise to becoming one of the most recognisable faces in all of music.
A crucial part of his success is his ability to mix genres which makes him the perfect fit for the current generation, who want a bit of everything, and that’s precisely what Post Malone delivers. His music taste is unsurprisingly diverse too, his 2019 track, ‘Take What You Want’, is a prime example of his listening habits by including both Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott on the same tune.
However, whilst Malone is a self-professed metalhead, his favourite band of all time couldn’t be less metal if they tried. In an appearance on the H3 Podcast back in 2017, Post Malone was talking about being famous and revealed that despite all the people he’d met or worked with, it was getting to have a conversation in the DMs with Fleet Foxes singer Robin Pecknold that left him the most starstruck.
“Just a lot of stuff from my childhood, you know what I mean,” Malone says on the topic of surreal moments. “Like I got to hang out with the guys from a band called Escape The Fate, who I used to listen to in High School and stuff. Meeting them was super sick. Chris Drew from Never Shout Never. I used to listen to him all the time.”
Malone continued: “Also, one time I DM’d the guy from Fleet Foxes, Robin Pecknold, and that’s my favourite band of all time, and he responded back. Most of it isn’t even in real life, it’s all just virtual.”
It emerged in 2020 that Fleet Foxes almost collaborated with Malone on their most recent album, Shore. During an interview on RADIO.COM’s New Arrivals, Pecknold revealed: “He came by the studio for one day while we were working in LA and listened to stuff and was super supportive,” he said.
“We didn’t get together in time because I wanted to get the album out quickly, but I did ask him to be on it. He was down, but we just didn’t end up having time,” Pecknold added.
Post Malone and Fleet Foxes are two acts that seem like polar opposites, perhaps too far apart for us to be dreaming of a collaboration anytime soon. But Malone’s chameleon-like instincts to flick through genres like a phonebook means that it wouldn’t be such a harsh clashing of universes as many would expect. Hopefully, the reality of these two creating together is something that we will see one day coming to fruition.
For now, you’ll have to settle for Postie singing ‘The Shrine/An Argument‘ in his kitchen while nursing a Bud Light and smoking a cigarette.