Droste in 2006
|Birth name||Edward Droste|
October 22, 1978 |
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards, autoharp, Omnichord|
|Labels||Warp Records, Kanine Records|
|Associated acts||Grizzly Bear|
|Website||Grizzly Bear web site|
Edward "Ed" Droste (born October 22, 1978) is an original member of the Brooklyn-based indie-rock group Grizzly Bear. The group began as the solo effort of Droste with the release of 2004's Horn of Plenty, originally released on Kanine Records. All songs were written and performed by Droste. By 2005, the group expanded into a four-piece, with Droste still as a contributing songwriter.
Droste was born in Massachusetts, the son of Diana (née Forbes) and Bruce F. Droste. His maternal grandfather was conductor and musicologist Elliot Forbes. Through his mother's Forbes line, he is related to singer China Forbes. He attended elementary school at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where his mother is a music teacher, and high school at Concord Academy in Concord Massachusetts. He attended Hampshire College for one year in 1999 before transferring to and graduating from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2003.
Droste began composing and performing songs on a solo basis as Grizzly Bear, releasing the album Horn of Plenty in 2004, with some contributions from drummer Christopher Bear. The two then joined with Chris Taylor, and eventually Daniel Rossen, to form the current four-piece band. Droste has said of the gestation of the band, "Daniel [Rossen] and I are the principal songwriters, but we also have the most issues with being performers. I strongly reject the notion that I have to do stage kicks or be some sort of persona. I respect artists that have an act, a look, a shtick. That’s all fine and dandy, but with our songs, it would feel like the biggest farce. It took us a long time to get comfortable; the whole thing was four people growing into each other."
Other musical collaborations
- April 2007 - Edward appeared as a guest vocalist on "To a Fault" from Dntel's fourth album, Dumb Luck released on Sub Pop Records.
- September 2007 - Edward sang with Beirut in the video for their song "Cliquot" for La Blogothèque's video series.
- March 2008 - Edward joined Owen Pallett to cover Björk's "Possibly Maybe" for Stereogum.com's tribute to Björk's album, Post.
- February 2011 - Edward collaborated on the song "I'm Losing Myself" with Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold in Los Angeles.
In September 2011, Droste married his long-time boyfriend, interior designer Chad McPhail. On August 4, 2014, Droste announced his divorce from McPhail via Twitter, stating that he's "amicably and lovingly divorcing [his] husband".
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