Making up her mind to not pursue music as a career in high school, Robyn Adele Anderson had no idea that she was destined to be the sensation that she is today. After meeting Scott Bradlee, the creator of the YouTube channel ‘Postmodern Jukebox’, Robyn was provided with the opportunity to feature in his channel. The channel focused on playing ragtime versions of pop songs on his piano, and Robyn loved the concept. In 2013, she was invited to sing in a video of his. However, she hadn’t done music outside of her high school choir, not to mention that she hadn’t made a YouTube video ever. A 1920’s version of Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” was the first video that they made together, and to her surprise, the video went viral overnight. Seeing the potential, they collectively continued making similar videos that saw similar viral successes. Fast forward to four years, Postmodern Jukebox is now an internationally touring band that collectively has over 60 musicians, singers, and dancers.
I loved music! But I had other interests as well, and decided to take a more practical route and not risk the hardships involved with trying to make it as a musician.”
The irrational journey of the heart
Although her love for music was immense, she had other interests as well. Therefore, the rational decision for Robyn in high school was to steer away from the very competitive arena of music and focus on other, simpler interests. She says, “I loved music! But I had other interests as well, and decided to take a more practical route and not risk the hardships involved with trying to make it as a musician.” It was a stroke of luck that she had gotten into the music business, and had no idea what she was getting herself into at first.
The crab that got out of the bucket
Although she says that it was a fairly smooth journey so far, Robyn has come across a few situations that she didn’t know how to cope with. She realizes that the world is filled with people who are trying to drag us down. There are people who torment you with their negativity, and since they have such easy access on the internet, the musician is constantly bombarded with hatred. When people try to drag you down, it’s best to not pay any attention to them, she says.
People no longer need record labels or have to wait in lines for auditions to become successful in the music industry. People can make their own music in their own homes and reach a global audience instantly.”
The circle of empowerment
Robyn, however, draws her inspiration from inspiring and supporting others. She says, “Witnessing and assisting other people’s journeys has been helpful as we both support and inspire each other to keep doing what we’re doing.” She even tells aspiring artists that pursuing their passion is now easier than ever, because of the countless resources out there. A musician need not crack that lucrative record label deal to become successful in this day and age. She says, “People no longer need record labels or have to wait in lines for auditions to become successful in the music industry. People can make their own music in their own homes and reach a global audience instantly.” There’s nothing stopping us from living our dreams, except ourselves and the rationalizations of why it will not work out. Be bold, go hard, and chase your dreams until your voice is heard as well.