Rachel Trachtenburg

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Rachel Trachtenburg
Birth name Rachel Sage Piña-Trachtenburg
Born (1993-12-10) December 10, 1993 (age 22)
Seattle, Washington, United States
Genres Acoustic, anti-folk, indie rock, psychedelic pop
Occupation(s) Singer, drummer, actress, model, talk radio host
Instruments vocals, guitar, drums, ukulele, harmonica
Years active 2000-present
Associated acts Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players
Kate Nash
Terry Tinsel
The Prettiots
Larry and the Babes

Rachel Sage Piña-Trachtenburg, (born December 10, 1993) [1] better known as Rachel Trachtenburg, is an American musician, singer, actress, model, talk radio host and activist. 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 2013. In addition, Trachtenburg is also a model, signed to Elite Model Management,[2] a radio talk show host for Gary Null's Progressive Radio Network, an actress who appeared in indie movies Happy Birthday in 2004, Ruchiki in 2011 and Exteriors in 2014 as well as a television pilot for an unaired children's TV show titled Rachel Trachtenburg's Homemade World in 2009.

Early life[edit]

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.[3][4] 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.[5]

Music career[edit]

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 run its course.

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 2013 when each member left to pursue other projects and interests.

As a musician, Trachtenburg served as substitute bass guitar player for King Missile and Schwervon! in 2003.[6] She also formed Terry Tinsel, a Gary Glitter tribute cover duo with Julia Cumming.[7] Much recently, Trachtenburg is drummer to band The Prettiots, an indie pop trio consisting of lead singer and ukulele 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.

Solo career[edit]

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.

Other projects[edit]

Trachtenburg is currently signed to Elite Model Management and has appeared in spreads for Lanvin Paris.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] She then starred in an unaired children's television pilot titled Rachel Trachtenburg's Homemade World in 2009[11] based off an onstage variety show she and her parents did in New York titled Rachel Trachtenburg's Morning Show.[12][13] Her more recent role was in 2011's Ruchiki.[14] In 2014, she starred in the short film Exteriors, which premiered at BFI London Film Festival 2014. [15]

Personal life[edit]

Trachtenburg and her parents are vegetarians and Trachtenburg has practiced it for most of her life.[16][17]

Political opinions[edit]

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 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:[18] 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.[19] 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.[20] Trachtenburg is host of her own internet radio show on the Progressive Radio Network with performance artist Sasha Frolova (Trachtenburg formerly cohosted with former Supercute! member Julia Cumming) titled Pure Imagination, a one-hour internet radio show geared towards teens and young adults. Trachtenburg and Frolova 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.

In popular culture[edit]

  • 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.[21]
  • 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.


Rachel Trachtenburg discography
Music videos 1
EPs 1
Singles 1
Soundtrack albums 1


  • DayDream Time Machine (2014)


  • Rachel Trachtenburg’s Homemade World (2009)


  • "I Like to Be Alone" (2014)


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  4. ^ [1] Archived May 16, 2006 at the Wayback Machine
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  6. ^ "ROCK STARS RISING: WHEN IT COMES TO MUSIC, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT". New York Post. 13 September 2003. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "DiaryLand members area". Vendile.diaryland.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "LANVIN FALL/WINTER 2012 CAMPAIGN: RACHEL TRACHTENBURG, PH: STEVEN MEISEL". Elitemanagementnyc.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Model Style: Rachel Trachtenburg - Of The Minute". Models.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "bandman". Fotolog. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  11. ^ [2] Archived June 21, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "The Rachel Trachtenburg Morning Show". NYMag.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "On the Scene: The Rachel Trachtenburg Morning Show". EW.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  14. ^ [3] Archived June 21, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ http://nobudge.com/main/exteriors.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ [4][dead link]
  17. ^ "Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players". Brooklynpaper.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  18. ^ [5][dead link]
  19. ^ "Teenage Girl Singer vs. Teamsters (video)". Daily Kos. 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  20. ^ Resto, Gabriela (2010-08-10). "Geese Supporters Flock to Mayor Michael Bloomburger's Home to Protest Bird Killing". DNAinfo.com. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  21. ^ "I RESCIND MY PROPOSAL, RACHEL TRACHTENBURG! (new song!)". YouTube. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 

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