Robyn Adele Anderson. Well, where do we begin?
She is one of the main singers in the musical collective, Postmodern Jukebox. A pin up girl in her own right, and a funny, lovely, beautiful lady who is constantly reaching new heights and has an amazing career.
Our founder, Nadine has been listening to PMJ ever since she heard their cover of Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ two years ago. Ever since, we have enjoyed watching the team grow, be featured in articles, sing live on TV and tour the world.
We interviewed leading lady, Robyn Adele Anderson to find out about her inspirations, how she met Scott Bradlee (Founder of PMJ), and her tips for the aspiring singer.
Robyn: I started to get into music when I was in middle school. I sang in all the choirs and played clarinet all the way through high school (I was a total band geek). I started auditioning for the school musicals in 8th grade but I actually got rejected every year up until 11th grade! I’ve always loved Broadway show tunes and pop music but didn’t get into jazz or music from earlier decades until I started singing with Postmodern Jukebox. My friends and family were a little surprised to hear me sing that style of music but were very supportive since they knew I’d always wanted to be a singer.
K: You’re one of the original members of the PMJ (Postmodern Jukebox) team. What has it been like watching something that was just a project as such turn into something that has challenged the type of music that people listen to?
R: It’s funny. It started out as kind of a joke that just got way out of hand! It’s been incredible to see how the band has grown, especially since it happened so organically. We were lucky to get that instant “boost” from our first few viral videos. I’ve learned a lot about how social media works and how people communicate on the Internet, it’s been fascinating! It’s also cool to see that people who weren’t fans of pop or jazz are now fans of both as a result of our music.
K: How did you and Scott meet? Did you already know each other before he asked you to join PMJ?
R: I met him back in 2012 when he was the music director of a show in NYC called “Sleep No More.” At that time he had a YouTube channel with only a few videos under the title “Postmodern Jukebox,” but none of them had many views. I got lucky when I did my first video with him in 2013 (our cover of “Thrift Shop”) in that it happened to make the front page of the website Reddit and go viral overnight. From that moment on, our fanbase grew exponentially as many of our first videos together went viral and eventually the band started to expand into what it is today.
R: When I’m on tour it’s kind of like Groundhog Day. Every day is the same just in a new city! But when I’m home in NYC, every day is different. I do a lot of work from home (updating social media, sending emails, working on song arrangements) but I have a lot of downtime so I go out to have dinner and drinks or do fun things with friends quite a bit. It’s a pretty nice balance at the moment!
K: If you could bring back and singer/band from either the 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940’s, or 1950’s, who would it be and why?
R: I wish I could bring Judy Garland back and sing a duet with her (ideally “Happy Days Are Here” – the one she did with Barbara Streisand). I’ve always tried to emulate her voice and would love to hear how we would sound together!
K: Do you have any favourite vintage inspired/retro fashion designers that you like to wear?
R: I have a few dresses from Pinup Girl Clothing that I love to wear for 1940s performances and I have two beautiful dresses by Jovani that are covered with sequins and feathers for my 1920s performances.
R: One of the highlights of my career was when I sang with Postmodern Jukebox on Good Morning America. It was my first time on live nation TV and it was terrifying but a really cool experience.
K: What tips can you give to an aspiring singer?
R: To anyone who wants to turn singing into a profession, my advice to them is always to learn about the business. These days everyone uses social media to get their name and work out there. It’s a simple and effective way to instantly reach tons of people all over the world and platforms like YouTube, StageIt, and Patreon are making it easier for people to build themselves a fanbase and make money without having a manager or record label. Also, it’s important to try out different things but also find a niche for yourself that fans will like.
Thank you Robyn for doing this interview!
R: You definitely need a healthy balance of everything on tour to survive! It’s good to go out and explore new cities but it’s also good to take breaks and get rest. It’s fun to hang out with everything but it’s necessary to have alone time. And of course it’s important to eat healthy but to also enjoy the local cuisine! Singers also need to take extra care of their voices by drinking a lot of tea and water.
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