We had the good fortune of connecting with Robin Bramlett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robin, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Before the COVID-19 pandemic the majority of my time was spent working, working on music, and traveling for work and music but during the pandemic that focus changed. I was forced to work and do everything else from home which also forced me to reconnect with the things that are most important to me….my family. My newfound situation enabled me to get closer to my family and gain new skills that I could apply to my after-pandemic life. I immediately realized during that moment that no situation is forever but as long as I was still breathing I had the power to determine the trajectory of my life. I am absolutely in love with my new perspective on life and I can see a very bright future ahead for me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a musician whose primary instrument is the electric bass guitar. I also play upright bass, synth bass, keyboards, and guitar. I guess what sets me apart from others is just that. I am different from others. I have my own set of gifts and abilities that I was blessed to have and I work on my craft so I can become better and better at it. I was also never the shy type when it came to my craft. I started playing bass professionally when I was 13 years old and I never backed down or did not ask for a chance to play with others. As a matter of fact at that age I was downright obnoxious with it. Lol Of course,, as a female bassist I turned a lot of heads but I turned a lot of doubts as well. For instance, I remember playing for a church concert led by my dearly departed friend, Chad Bean, and afterwards a man came up to me and said that when he saw me carrying a bass case he thought I was carrying it for my husband. Lol He then gave me compliments on my playing.
What I want people to get from my story is that I did not or do not let people’s opinions or stereotypes of me dictate my path and neither should you. Opinions and stereotypes hold absolutely no weight over your destiny.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Actually, my best friend has already been to a lot of places here but the places I would take someone new to the city would include a trip to Santa Monica Beach, Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards, Griffith Park, Hammer Art Musuem, downtown LA, and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people that have helped me in my musical journey but I first want to give honor to God for blessing me with my musical abilities. I then want to thank God for bringing these men into my life who are responsible for shaping me into the musician I am today. Don Hicks, who sadly recently passed away, Don Factory, Darren Gholston, Jay Jay Hicks, the late Dwayne Robinson., and my music teacher, John Gerhold. I also want to thank God for bringing Gail Jhonson into my life. She gave me the opportunity to spend 10 years as a bassist for Jazz In Pink with 5 of those years spent as the musical director for that group. The experience and information I learned in that environment helped me to grow even more not only as a musician but as a person. From that experience, I have developed a true sisterhood with the ladies that I consider to be my dear friends today. I’ve also met so many other people and musicians in my journey who have directly or indirectly influenced me but if I name them all here this article would be too long so I’ll stop here..