|Birth name||Rachel Sage Piña-Trachtenburg|
December 10, 1993 |
Seattle, Washington, United States
|Origin||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Genres||Acoustic, anti-folk, indie rock, psychedelic pop|
|Occupations||Singer, drummer, actress, model, talk radio host|
|Instruments||vocals, guitar, drums, ukulele, harmonica|
|Associated acts||Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players
Larry and the Babes
Rachel Sage Piña-Trachtenburg (born December 10, 1993), better known as Rachel Trachtenburg, is an American musician, talk radio host, model, singer, activist and actress. Trachtenburg is most notable for her key role as drummer and backup vocalist of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, a family band consisting of herself and her parents, Jason and Tina, from 2000 to 2011. Trachtenburg was also lead singer of the band Supercute! from 2009 to 2014. In addition, Trachtenburg is also a model, signed to Elite Model Management, a radio talk show host for Gary Null's Progressive Radio Network, an actress who appeared in indie movies Happy Birthday in 2004 and Ruchiki in 2011 and a television pilot for an unaired children's TV show titled Rachel Trachtenburg's Homemade World in 2009.
Trachtenburg is also an activist for both people and animals; she made headlines in late 2008 for speaking out against then NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg against term limits and has openly protested against the gassing of Canada geese and the mistreatment of carriage horses in the city. Trachtenburg is currently a solo singer and a drummer in bands The Prettiots and Larry and the Babes.
Early life and time with Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players
Trachtenburg, an only child, was born in Seattle, Washington of paternal Jewish and maternal Mexican descent, to Jason Trachtenburg and Tina Piña Trachtenburg. Trachtenburg's father Jason was a musician, playing in the local Seattle band The Terriers and her mother Tina helped with the family's dog-walking business. Trachtenburg's father Jason enrolled her at the Seattle Drum School at the age of six, where she got instruction from teacher and musician Steve Smith. At the same time, Trachtenburg was recruited to play harmonica (and later drums) for the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. The band had its early start playing gigs in Seattle in 2000 and 2001 until they moved to New York City in 2002 to reach a larger audience. Trachtenburg and her parents played gigs across America and Europe nonstop from 2003 to 2008. While on the road, Trachtenburg was homeschooled. The band disbanded in 2011 when the band had ran its course.
Time with Supercute!
After the Slideshow Players disbanded, Trachtenburg began to put more focus into her band, Supercute!, an indie pop/psychedelic pop girl band she founded with friend and co-songwriter Julia Cumming. Through the years, the band toured twice in America and Europe with English singer-songwriter Kate Nash and had gone through many changes, including several band member changes and the sound of their music changing. The band finally disbanded in 2014 when each member left to pursue other projects and interests.
Trachtenburg is host of her own internet radio show on the Progressive Radio Network with former Supercute! member Julia Cumming titled Pure Imagination with Rachel Trachtenburg and Julia Cumming (or just Pure Imagination) a one-hour internet radio show geared towards teens and young adults. Trachtenburg and Cumming interview guests either live in their studio and/or on the telephone to discuss art, youth culture and politics. During breaks, the two will often play music. The radio show first aired in May 2011 and is currently still on the air.
Trachtenburg is currently signed to Elite Model Management and has appeared in spreads for Lanvin Paris. She is inspired by 60's and 70's fashion and as a child, wore homemade clothing made by her mother and clothing bought in thrift stores and vintage clothing shops.
Trachtenburg made her acting debut at the age of ten in 2004 in a short indie movie titled Happy Birthday, playing the role of a girl named Lisa. She then starred in an unaired children's television pilot titled Rachel Trachtenburg's Homemade World in 2009 based off an onstage variety show she and her parents did in New York titled Rachel Trachtenburg's Morning Show. Her more recent role was in 2011's Ruchiki.
Solo music career
Trachtenburg first appeared on anti-folk musician Lach's album Today as a backup vocalist in 2004 for the track titled "Secrets". In 2009, for work on her television pilot, she recorded Pink Floyd's "Gnome" and her own song "Pigeon Song". The songs were both added to the pilot's soundtrack. After leaving Supercute! in 2014, Trachtenburg began spending more time on her solo career. She released her first music video and single, "I like to be alone" in 2014 and her upcoming EP, DayDream Time Machine, is to be released.
Time with other bands
As a musician, Trachtenburg served as substitute bass guitar player for King Missile and Schwervon! in 2003. She also formed Terry Tinsel, a Gary Glitter tribute cover duo with Julia Cumming. Much recently, Trachtenburg is drummer to band The Prettiots, an indie pop trio consisting of lead singer and ukelele player Kay Goldberg, bassist Lulu Prat (formerly of Care Bears on Fire and Supercute!), and Trachtenburg. She is also drummer of band Larry and the Babes, a garage rock band. With The Prettiots, they have released an EP and with Larry and the Babes, they have released two singles.
After being priced out of their East Village home, Trachtenburg, along with her parents and some of their close friends, took part in several hearings to keep term limits. Trachtenburg most notably spoke out against New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, criticizing him for wasting taxpayers' money on the New York Yankees and moving a park fountain. She read her speech at City Hall:
|“||Hi, my name is Rachel Trachtenburg and I am 14 years old. My family just moved to Bushwick because we were priced out of our home in the East Village. Our apartment was broken into in the first month and several of our friends have been mugged at gunpoint.
I don’t understand why Mayor Bloomberg DOES NOT HAVE TO OBEY THE LAW WHEN PEOPLE ARE ARRESTED FOR PEACEUL DEMONSTRATIONS. I think Mayor Bloomberg IS THE WORST MAYOR EVER. He gave tons of money to the Bush family and the Republicans. So he deserves some of the blame for Iraq and all the other problems in NYC and the whole country.
Also, our taxes and rent, and bills have gone way up since Bloomberg became mayor. Any monkey can raise taxes. No offense to monkeys, but THAT doesn’t make you a great mayor.
Bloomberg has wasted so much of our money on stupid things like moving the Washington Square Park fountain ten feet over, or giving a billion dollars to the Yankees, who don’t need our money when senior citizens are worried about losing their senior center, something is wrong with Mayor Bloomberg’s priorities.
I think Mayor Bloomberg is the Worst Mayor Ever and I must not be the only one because he had to spend over a million dollars to cheat and buy his first 2 elections. And he will spend another $80 million to steal the next election.
I hope you will all choose honesty over bribery and keep term limits as they ARE. Thank you.
On January 30, 2009, Trachtenburg and her parents went to City Hall again to speak out against horse carriage drivers, whom she claims, mistreat their horses. Trachtenburg performed a song about horses on her ukulele and received a round of applause from the City Council, which are both not normally allowed.
On August 10, 2010, Trachtenburg, her mother Tina and her friend and fellow Supercute! member Julia Cumming stood in front of mayor Michael Bloomsburg's house with other protesters to protest against the gassing of Canada geese.
In popular culture
- Politician and Liquid Tapedeck band member Christopher X. Brodeur (aka Touching You) wrote a song about Trachtenburg titled “May I Have Your Hand, Rachel Trachtenburg?” in 2003. After a falling out between Brodeur and the Trachtenburg family, he recorded another song about Trachtenburg titled "I RESCIND MY PROPOSAL, RACHEL TRACHTENBURG!" in 2011.
- In March 2004, Trachtenburg was the first to grace the cover of Time Out New York Kids.
- Trachtenburg and her parents made a cameo appearance in Moby’s music video, "New York, New York", directed by Reverend Jen, a close family friend.
- Reverend Jen has a Rachel Trachtenburg troll displayed inside her troll museum, according to the Trachtenburgs’ 2006 documentary, The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players: Off & On Broadway.
- DayDream Time Machine (2014)
- Rachel Trachtenburg’s Homemade World (2009)
- "I Like to Be Alone" (2014)
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