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Confession: At our office, there’s a decent chance that most of our employees’ headphones are bumping guilty pleasure pop songs all day long. Maybe those types of tunes float your boat, too. Or perhaps you prefer something a little more retro. Regardless, you’ll love Postmodern Jukebox, a band that takes those pop tunes and turns ‘em into something sultry, fresh, and toe-tappingly awesome.
Masterminded by Scott Bradlee (the guy behind the keys), this group of musicians transforms your fave hits using timeless, retro styles — and, often times, the results are even more catchy than the originals. We chatted with several of Postmodern Jukebox’s vocalists and learned what makes this band as marvelous to be a part of as it is to listen to!
Singer Ariana Savalas. Photo by Braverijah Sage.
How would you describe Postmodern Jukebox?
Robyn Anderson: Most of the songs that Postmodern Jukebox has covered are contemporary pop or hip-hop songs, which get transformed into a variety of genres ranging from ragtime to mariachi. A lot of these covers have really made people question what makes a song “good” or “bad” and ultimately prove that every song has redeeming qualities to it, no matter what genre it belongs to.
Ariana Savalas: For a cabaret performer like me, who was born about 60 years too late to perform when this music style was at its peak, it’s a dream come true to tour the world and have the honor of sharing the stage as a PMJ member!
How do you get into a retro mindset before a performance?
Ariana: Honey, I came out of the womb in that mindset!
MC: Haha! And we imagine the vintage-inspired outfits help. What’s your favorite look to wear?
Morgan James: Everything from a high waisted pant, wedge and tons of jewelry, to a flowing bohemian dress, and the gamut of Supremes-style coordinates.
Robyn: [I love] the lavish dresses and eye makeup that women wore in the 1920s and […] the classic and intricate hairstyles from the 1940s.
Singer Robyn Anderson. Photo by Benjamin Stone.
What’s it like working with founder Scott Bradlee?
Ariana: What’s fabulous is that, just like any great artist, he’s learned from his predecessors and found a way to make his music completely original. And he has also surrounded himself with incredible backing musicians (and of course fabulous singers, hehe) that share his love for this beautiful style of music.
Last question. What’s your #fashiontruth?
Ariana: When all else fails, call Liz Taylor. If Liz doesn’t answer, call Liberace.
Morgan: Veronica Lake meets Laurel Canyon.
Robyn: If you don’t got it, flaunt it anyway!
+Listen to more tunes at PostmodernJukebox.com . What modern tunes would you like to hear revamped as a retro gem?
Saw PMJ play the Indigo venue at the London 02 a couple of weeks ago, they were absolutely brilliant, great rapport with the audience – the place was packed! Scott Bradlee is a genius, and his singers are wonderful. They should not be missed if they’re coming to a venue near you.
I love Modcloth and I love PMJ. Can’t. handle. them. both. in. one. place.
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