It’s time for Beginnings, the podcast where writer and performer Andy Beckerman talks to the comedians, writers, filmmakers and musicians he admires about their earliest creative experiences and the numerous ways in which a creative life can unfold.
On today’s show I talk to musician Amber Coffman. Amber grew up in a number of places including Texas, Ohio and California, and listened to everything from Mariah Carey to hardcore. In 2005, she joined the instrumental rock band The Sleeping People, and two years later she became a singer and guitarist in the latest and most popular version of David Longstreth’s experimental rock band Dirty Projectors. Currently, Amber lives in LA where she is working on her solo album.
In mid-November, Amber came over to my Los Feliz sublet to talk about moving to LA, NYC post offices, early relationships, rebellious phases, dating older creeps, parenting yourself, juvenile hall, fighting at high school hardcore shows, the difficulty of articulating how you want to articulate, and race and co-opting other cultures. And in the second half of the show, Andrew Ti of the Yo, Is This Racist podcast continues the discussion of race and music though Macklemore, Don Rickles and Kant!
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