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.”
“Dinero,” Jennifer Lopez feat. DJ Khaled and Cardi B
When producer Tommy Brown, who initially connected Social House with Grande, suggested a few artists at the home make a Spanish trap song, Anderson crafted a beat around an old Anthony Santos sample. Brown sent the track (which would hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s Latin Airplay chart) to DJ Khaled while producer Cory Rooney sent it to Lopez. At the end of it all, Anderson found himself at the video shoot: “It was crazy. Somebody almost got kicked by an ostrich.”
“Goodnight n Go,” Ariana Grande
Anderson and Foster were on a six-hour flight aboard Grande’s private jet when the pop star played them Imogen Heap’s 2005 song “Goodnight and Go.” She wanted to somehow incorporate the track into her Sweetener album, so with laptops in hand, Social House got to work. “Before we even landed, we played her an idea, and she was like, ‘I love this. Let’s record it tonight,’ ” says Anderson, which is exactly what they did.
“Magic in the Hamptons,” Social House feat. Lil Yachty
At the end of a long day in the studio, Anderson and Foster wanted to kick back and have some fun with a couple of friends visiting from Sweden. What they ended up with later that night was a rhythmic, pop-infused hip-hop ode to love and happiness. Upon first listen, Malik Rasheed, head of A&R at SB Projects, suggested putting Lil Yachty on it. “We met him for the first time at our video shoot,” says Anderson. “He was super cool, had like 20 boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch with him.”