Each superhero and musician has their very own origin story. A musician’s story sometimes kicks off with a popstar’s cosign or a viral TikTok single, not a radioactive spider chew, however simply as Peter Parker’s life was eternally modified from that discipline journey to the Oscorp lab, an aspiring musician’s complete world will rework in a single day with the fitting consideration. Andrea Russett’s origin story began along with her reducing her tooth as certainly one of YouTube’s most recognizable content material creators earlier than leaping right into a model new endeavor. “Lots of people begin making YouTube movies as a result of they wish to be a YouTuber,” Russett says, “however after I began making stuff on-line, you couldn’t even earn cash off of YouTube. I used to be only a child in my basement making movies with my buddies. I turned a YouTuber by chance and it was nice, however I at all times needed to do music.”
Russett’s YouTube journey started with a easy DIY lyric video to Justin Bieber’s “One Time,” a selection that right now reads as attainable foreshadowing to her transition right into a musical profession. After the video’s preliminary success she saved at it. Persistence, attraction and only a bit of excellent timing helped to place Russett on the map. Earlier than lengthy, she was now not only a child having enjoyable in her basement, she was a businesswoman making a residing as a YouTuber. She managed to keep away from changing into a one-hit marvel and achieved one of the vital elusive of all feats in right now’s social media panorama—sustaining her relevance for over a decade.
Her lighthearted YouTube channel was paying the payments, nevertheless it didn’t fulfill all of Russett’s artistic needs. She needed to do greater than have easy enjoyable; she needed to reveal her soul. “I really feel like music is such a gateway to with the ability to discuss uncomfortable issues, get extra private and simply be sincere,” she says. “That’s my favourite sort of music, the music that makes you go, ‘Oh my God, I had no concept that anybody else might really feel that.’ Even with the primary tune I put out, ‘Darkest Hour,’ I had so many individuals telling me that tune affected them that approach and it simply gave me the push to maintain going.”
Choosing “Darkest Hour” to be her debut single was no accident. Russett knew that she had one shot to promote audiences an correct illustration of who she is and get it proper. And to take action, she knew her finest guess was to be brutally sincere from the leap. “‘Darkest Hour’ is like my first born youngster,” Russett says. “After I wrote that tune, I’d simply met this one that I used to be getting right into a relationship with and I used to be actually battling my psychological well being, however I hadn’t reached out for assist. The tune is about if somebody goes to be there once they see this darkish aspect of me. It’s all enjoyable and joyful at the start, however I do have struggles, and can they be there when the time comes?”
“Darkest Hour” made a strong impression on Russett, not solely as a result of it launched her music profession but additionally as a result of it paperwork one of many lowest factors of her life. She has additionally memorialized this troublesome time with certainly one of her most significant tattoos. “This tattoo is of a lady smoking, however the smoke is somebody kissing her,” Russett explains, pointing to the piece on her proper arm. “The entire tune is about battling psychological well being and dealing with unhealthy issues like alcohol and smoking. It simply felt like a becoming tattoo and that tune simply has such a particular place in my coronary heart.”
On her upcoming EP, she’s continued the place “Darkest Hour” left off, opening as much as her viewers and displaying her inventive breadth. “This EP can be a chance to let individuals get to know me as an artist, quite than what they’ve seen of me on-line for the final 10 years,” Russett says. “I’ve at all times beloved music and I’ve at all times talked about music, however that is the primary time I’m actually going for it and doing it in my very own approach as a substitute of simply reacting to different individuals’s tasks. I need individuals to actually take heed to the lyrics and get to know me in a complete new approach.”
Though Russett gravitates primarily towards music that makes you are feeling deeply, each as a fan and an artist, she’s no one-trick pony. And no single from her upcoming EP is a greater indicator of her vary than “Stranger.” “I wrote that tune in quarter-hour as a problem to jot down a tune that wasn’t a few breakup or a previous relationship, however one thing new,” Russett says. “I used to be sitting there occupied with strolling by way of a grocery retailer, making eye contact with somebody and pondering, ‘That’s my soulmate, he checked out me and noticed my soul. I took that and turned it into a complete tune. Initially, after I wrote it, it was sluggish, unhappy and depressing-sounding. So it was actually cool to see the way it modified and have become this upbeat, enjoyable tune. It’s my first tune to be extra upbeat and I actually find it irresistible.”
Since releasing “Stranger” to the world, she’s taken on a brand new power in her life. Not solely has she opened her thoughts to writing extra upbeat songs, she’s opened her coronary heart to discovering love round each nook. “When the tune got here out, I felt like I manifested the state of affairs,” Russett says. “I went to the Getty Museum and I noticed this man whereas the elevator was closing. He was strolling down the steps and we made eye contact. He waved at me and I used to be like, ‘Wow, he’s stunning and I’ve to seek out this man.
“I actually advised my dad and mom I used to be going to go looking in every single place to seek out this man,” she continues. “I truly ended up discovering him on a relationship app, like, 10 minutes later whereas within the automotive and it was truly him. So I really feel like I manifested that somewhat bit, which is cool. Normally, I simply have a behavior of romanticizing everybody.”
It’s exhausting to imagine it’s solely been somewhat over a yr since Russett launched her musical profession, particularly contemplating the super inventive progress she has proven. With the continued success of her YouTube channel Russett has already proven she was able to placing in exhausting work, and as she utilized the identical ethic to her music the fruits can already be seen all through her debut EP.
“I feel even vocally, I’ve grown a lot and have gotten higher management of my voice and my vary,” Russett says. “I additionally love writing, it’s my favourite a part of the method, so the extra I write the higher I get. And so with my new music I’m so excited for individuals to overanalyze it.”
It didn’t take an incident with gamma radiation or a well-known musician’s cosign to launch Russett’s music profession, she simply used old school exhausting work. Due to her persistence, grit and talent to chase her goals, Russett has two affluent careers to take pleasure in. Think about how profitable she’d be if she was truly a superhero.