Today we’d like to introduce you to Anne Reburn.
Anne, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in a small town called Bartlesville, Oklahoma doing dance, choir, and musical theatre. I went to college in Oklahoma too, where I majored in Creative Media Production. I knew I loved music and performing, but even from a young age, I was worried about my ability to make a living as an artist.
Oklahoma is my home. You can’t live somewhere for 20 years and not have it become a part of you. But I wanted something bigger. I bided my time waiting for law school to start (that’s another, longer story) and decided to take a semester abroad in Spain. The semester turned into a full year. Así que sí, hablo español. While I worked a miserable job as an English teacher, I started my YouTube channel for fun. It wasn’t until I found myself in this soul-sucking “real job” that I got the guts to really go for a creative career. I knew I wouldn’t be happy any other way.
My visa expired, so I had to move, and I figured it was a good time for another big change. That’s how I ended up in LA! The YouTube channel is now bigger than I ever imagined it would be, and I’ve released original music and started to play shows.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
The first branch of my music is my YouTube channel. I cover songs where I sing all the parts, and I play all the instruments. I do almost all of it myself. Unless it’s specifically credited under a specific video, I do the vocal and instrumental arrangement, recording, mixing, video shooting, and video editing.
I’m very proud of my channel (and very embarrassed that that many people have seen my videos, honestly), but the second branch is the one I’m most passionate about: my original music.
Most recently, I wrote and released an EP of pop songs called Dis Tracks. It’s my process of processing an abusive relationship. They are songs about my feelings and experiences during and after the relationship, and my way of finding my voice after being silenced.
I always struggled to write music before. For better or for worse, the experiences I had in that relationship knocked something loose in my brain, and the songs just needed to come out.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
It’s really amazing that anyone can release their music to the world without the help of a label! You can be truly independent, make your own decisions, and do everything yourself. But doing everything yourself is a pro and a con. You can’t just focus on music; you have to know business too!
Especially in the YouTube sphere, there’s such an emphasis on quantity, staying active, and constantly releasing new content. It’s a surefire way to get burnt out. Creators need to know when they need a break, and they need to be allowed to take breaks.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My original music is on iTunes and all the major streaming platforms, so pick your favorite!
My covers live at www.youtube.com/AnneReburn.
The best way to find out when and where I’m playing shows is by following me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I announce my shows across all my social media.
If you want something tangible to show your support, I sell tees, sweatshirts, guitar picks, and stickers at shop.annereburn.com.
- Website: annereburn.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/hearanneroar/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnneReburn/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/HearAnneRoar
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/annereburn
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