May 01, 2016
Pop talk With Scott Bradlee
Pianist and music arranger Scott Bradlee started out making music videos in his living room, covering popular songs with an old school twist.
“I want to be able to say something new about a song,” Bradlee told SunFest. “You’ll hear it sound familiar, you’ll know all the words to it. [But it’s] saying something new by quoting a current song and putting it back in time.”
Bradlee and his group, Postmodern Jukebox, would take a song like Ke$ha’s ‘Timber,’ and reimagine it as a 1950’s style doo-wop tune (that video now has over eight million views on YouTube).
“The goal is to make people feel that they just came over to my house and they’re sitting on my couch and watching this amazing band do a one hit performance,” he said. “We like that raw authentic style when we’re recording.
Bradlee’s still arranging songs for his group, Postmodern Jukebox but for over a million subscribers on YouTube as well as audiences within successful national and European tours.
“It’s a huge difference,” he said. “We get so much love from the crowd, you can never compare a performance for a camera to performing for thousands of people.”
Now, Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox are headed to SunFest for a Sunday performance. And he claims it’s something you shouldn’t miss.
“It puts these videos into three dimensions, it becomes a big party, a celebration of live music, it gives everybody the chance to feel like they’ve gone back in time,” he said. “The best way to describe it is if you were back in the golden age of Hollywood and you go into a party with the rat pack, that’s what our show is.”
5 Must Watch Covers of SunFest16 Artists
When interviewing Scott Bradlee, the mind behind Postmodern Jukebox, he told us he was looking forward to SunFest because “it’s always fun when you get a bunch of artists together at a festival, it becomes a celebration of other artist’s work.”
But did you know his band has covered some of SunFest’s artists scheduled to perform this year?
Here are five covers of SunFest16 artists by Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
1. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
2. Talk Dirty To Me – Jason Derulo
3. Pompeii – Bastille
4. Push It – Salt n’ Pepa
5. Wiggle – Jason Derulo
SEE THEM LIVE:
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox at the Tire Kingdom Stage. Sunday, May 1, 3 p.m.