Since this episode first broadcast in 2014, a lot has happened.
Rebecca Gates is working on a reissue of the Spinanes’ “Manos” — details available on the album’s 25th anniversary Oct. 26. She’s making a podcast, “The Suited Lady.” Gates is also involved in VOTIVATION! an organization that turns out the vote in and with music and design communities. For more info on her doings check out her site.
Not so easy keeping up with this week’s guest curator, Rebecca Gates. But fun? You bet.
First, there’s her recording career, both in the Spinanes and as a solo artist. (If you haven’t checked out 2012’s “The Float,” you need to do that.) A few years ago, Gates ventured into music advocacy, exploring revenue for artists and other messy areas of the post-millennial music industry. She also has a foot in the art world, through her consulting work and practice in sonic art.
Gates talks to us about her research into how musicians are sustaining themselves in a changing digital landscape. We hear from three different musicians and their experiences with making music and paying the rent. Featuring conversations with Terrance Scott (‘Cool Nutz’), Dave Gulick and Liz Harris (Grouper).
How does art make it to the galleries, museums and festival circuits? Gates has a hand in moving art across the country for installs and it’s harder than it seems. Jane Beebe from PDX Contemporary and Theo Downes at Upfor Gallery take us behind the scenes at glitzy art festivals and share the realities of selling art and artists.
There are some people who never hold elected office, or make a fortune, or create a masterwork, but who still manage to touch an entire community. Gates clued us into a guy, Peter Walters, someone you might want to meet, next time you’re in Pendleton.