Connect the Dots with Rachel Ratner of Seattle band Wimps!
Rachel's new album Garbage People drops July 13 and her band is embarking on a national tour to celebrate. Before that, though, she was gracious enough to chat with me BEFORE eating breakfast (don't worry, she had a lot of coffee to get her going). Rachel is a musician, songwriter, vocalist, ten year veteran of KEXP and a web developer, to boot. She’s also the creator of the Seattle Band Map, which is why I call her “a true DIY punk rock connector!” She would laugh at that (because she is very humble), but I know a connector when I see (or smell) one.
The open-source Seatle Band Map connects all musicians from walks of life, visually exposing just how each band and individual musician overlaps. Spoiler alert: They overlap A LOT. Isn't it weird how we sometimes forget how our output entangles with others?
Entanglements--or connections--are the real reward of a full life and a great artistic journey.
Today we talk about forging friendships with other artists, DIY touring (and yes, we touch upon my favorite subject, Japan), her work with iconic Seattle radio station KEXP, being kind always, and--of course--connecting!
I hope this episode inspires you to connect someone else and, in turn, be connected. It's that easy.
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Wimps new album “Garbage People” comes out July 13 on Kill Rockstars and is available for preorder now at thesewimps.com.
Wimps are on Tour Now:
7/29 Santa Cruz
8/2 San Diego
8/8 Wash D.C.
8/31-9/2 Seattle (Bumbershoot Fest)
*Check thesewimps.com for updates
Listen to Wimps here: thesewimps.bandcamp.com
Connect with Wimps @wimpsgram on Instagram
Stick around till the end of the show to hear the title track, “Garbage People.”
Hayley and the Crushers are on Tour Now:
7/14 The Siren, Morro Bay
7/19 Triple Nickel, Colorado Springs
7/20 Tooey’s off Colfax, Denver
7/21 Mile High Parley Fest, Denver + Pin Ball Jones Campus West, Fort Collins
7/22 Bar Bar, Denver
8/18 Nautical Bean, SLO (Free all ages Tiki Party)