Ed Droste

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Edward Droste
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Ed Droste performing with Grizzly Bear at the 2013 CBGB Festival in Times Square
Background information
Birth nameEdward Droste
Born (1978-10-22) October 22, 1978 (age 41)
Massachusetts, U.S.
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
Years active2002–present
LabelsWarp Records, Kanine Records
Associated actsGrizzly Bear
WebsiteGrizzly Bear web site

Edward 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.

Early life[edit]

Droste was born in Massachusetts, the son of Diana (née Forbes) and Bruce F. Droste.[1] His maternal grandfather was conductor and musicologist Elliot Forbes.[2] Through his mother's Forbes line, he is related to singer China Forbes.[3] 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."[4]

Other musical collaborations[edit]

Personal life[edit]

In September 2011, Droste married his long-time boyfriend, interior designer Chad McPhail.[9][10] On August 4, 2014, Droste announced his divorce from McPhail via Twitter, stating that he's "amicably and lovingly divorcing [his] husband".[11]

Droste was featured on the cover of Hello Mr. in 2013.[12]

Edward is a second cousin on his father's side to another Ed Droste, who is a co-founder of the Hooters restaurant chain.[13]

Droste has mentioned his struggles with tinnitus on several occasions.[14][15][16]


  1. ^ Cobb, Nathan (1998-04-14). "Live Wired Intense Educator Bruce Droste Is Juiced Over His New Venture, The On-Line Virtual High School". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  2. ^ Wakin, Daniel J. (2006-01-14). "Elliot Forbes, 88, a Scholar Whose Specialty Was Beethoven, Dies". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Music (2008-04-24). "The Pink Martini girl gets serious". Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  4. ^ Moody, Rick. "Edward Droste", BOMB Magazine, Summer, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  5. ^ "Watch here". Dailymotion.com. 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  6. ^ "Enjoyed: A Tribute to Post". Stereogum.com. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  7. ^ Robin Pecknold's Twitter[dead link]
  8. ^ "Listen to Ed Droste and Binki Shapiro's Cover of the Grateful Dead's "Loser"". pigeonsandplanes.com. Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  9. ^ [1], Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  10. ^ Martin, Andrew (December 16, 2011). "Grizzly Bear Returning Full-Time In 2012". Complex.
  11. ^ [2], Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  12. ^ "Pick up your copy of Hello Mr. Mag which features the interview above with coverstar Ed Droste". Grizzly Bear Galore. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  13. ^ Doig, Will. Q&A: Grizzly Bear Nerve, 2006
  14. ^ Droste, Ed (July 11, 2014). "Mile Runner: Grizzly Bear Singer Ed Droste's Mileage Run Ends in Tucson". Vogue. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  15. ^ Droste, Ed (February 12, 2015). "Speak In Rounds Lyrics". Genius. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  16. ^ Droste, Ed (February 12, 2015). "gun-shy Lyrics". Genius. Retrieved January 2, 2020.