Postmodern Jukebox & Why You Should Collaborate

There are songs, and there are hits. Worldwide popular songs everybody knows. Every musician would like to write a hit song. But as a listener you get tired of the sound pretty fast, right? The more you hear a song, the more you start to somehow hate it. But how come we hate something amazing?

The song became popular for a reason: it’s catchy melody, moving lyrics, unexpected change into the chorus or the good mix of familiar and new.

Second life through a cover

Why are music covers amazing? The song gets a second (or third) life. Is interpreted in a completely new way and gets the chance to become great again. One of the big masters of arranging songs as oldies is Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. Three years ago, Bradlee created this band which is rather a rotating cast of amazing musicians.

Today I want to inspire you with some hits of the music history – arranged in a new way. Big applause to the dozens of musicians of the Postmodern Jukebox. They all together contribute their ideas to the great sound.

What is the worst Christmas song you really cannot stand anymore? You guessed it: Last Christmas.

But how about this vintage version with the Andrews sisters?

For some songs, a mashup as a jazz/soul version is not far from the original. For example in “All about that bass”:

Collaborate & let your creativity flow

Some songs are almost not to recognize, like this version of Black Hole Sun. Wait, how did the original version sound like?

Famous pop songs remixed that way are just mindblowing. Put through some saxophone and trombone filter I really listened to the lyrics for the first time. And they’re good!

The power of music collaboration

Creep is the most popular song by Postmodern Jukebox on YouTube: It was played nearly 19 million times! Well, millions of people covered Creep already, but I promise you that’s a really new way.

In case you’d like to see the Postmodern Jukebox live – they’re touring all around the world at the moment.

Do you feel inspired by the Postmodern Jukebox?

I instantly felt like covering something in a very unexpected way.

Here is an example of Somewhere Only We Know Cover – a collaboration of three musicians.

So why should you cover & collaborate?

As for Scott, covering songs in a jazz style helped him to break out in the music industry. He took his passion for jazz and tried to make it more accessible. He mashes famous world hits with jazzy and retro rhythms and instruments. That way the contrast of the mashup is easy to hear. This explains the success of the Postmodern Jukebox.

Scott believes in collaboration. Though he writes a big part of the arrangements, he also makes use of ideas from other talented musicians. And the result is stunning.

So which niche instrument or genre do you play? Is there a way to bring it to the masses?

Find musicins to cover songs like Postmodern Jukebox
Go to sofasession. Photo: Christina Gatti by Justin Higuchi.

Let the world hear your music covers on sofasession. Find musicians to collaborate with. How it works:

  1. Create a cover version of a song you like (or even strongly dislike).
  2. Record it and export as multi-track.
  3. Upload as a multi-track song on sofasession.
  4. Receive amazing contributions by the other musicians from all over the world.

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