Rachel Trachtenburg

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Rachel Piña Trachtenburg (born December 10, 1993) was the drummer and backup singer for the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. She was the member of several bands, most notably The Prettiots and Supercute!. Trachtenburg is currently a member of a three-piece indie pop band called Wooing.


  • Rachel Trachtenburg: I really like the food at that place (Sidewalk Cafe). They have salads and pastas and stuff like that. What's your favorite food?
    Kimya Dawson: I like cherries.
    Rachel: That's a fruit. I said food.
    Kimya: Fruit's food.
    Rachel: You don't sit down and eat it. You don't eat it at a restaurant, like, "Oh, I'd like a fruit, please." You say, "I'd like a pizza please, or the pasta." Do you like Indian food? Mexican food? Italian food?
    Kimya: Japanese food.
    Rachel: Okay.
  • Christy Davis: Who do you look up to?
    Rachel: You mean, like a hero?
    Christy: Yeah, I guess. Someone you admire a lot.
    Rachel: A drummer?
    Christy: It can be anyone.
    Rachel: My mom.
  • I like lots of color and mix-and-match.
  • No. I don't think so. I hope not.
    • On whether or not she'd rebel against her parents (Miami Herald December 13, 2006
  • I like New York better than Seattle. It's bigger. I was really sad when I left, because I miss my friends, but I call them almost every day, and I have friends here now.
    • On why she prefers New York to Seattle (The New Yorker September 9, 2002
  • I like ABBA and the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. And E.L.O., and Funkadelic. Wait. Mommy, are they the same thing?
  • Dad, this time you need to order smalls. You're always wrong about ordering. You always say we need mediums and larges, but girls like smalls.
    • Rachel, in disapproval of her father's ordering of TFSP T-shirts.(The New Yorker September 9, 2002
  • They should call it the Low Quality Inn.
    • On the lack of quality of the Quality Inn, in which she stayed in with her parents while on tour (Reprint of The Times)
  • I'm learning to play piano. And also the musical saw.
  • *On learning to play new instruments (Teen Vogue)

Off & On Broadway documentary (2006)[edit]

  • Hi. I'm Rachel Trachtenburg. I'm the daughter and the drummer for the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.
    • Rachel's introduction on the documentary
  • My dad played in different clubs and open mic nights. But he mostly walked dogs. A lot of dogs.
    • Rachel's story of how her father, Jason, started out performing.
  • My dad wrote a song about the people in the slides. I started playing harmonica. I was only six.
    • Rachel on the song Mountain Trip To Japan, 1959 and how she ended up in the band.
  • We won 1st place and $500.
    • Rachel on the band's first appearence in a talent show in Seattle.
  • Interviewer: Rachel, do you think performing is natural?
    Rachel: Mmmm.
    Tina: See, it's natural for Rachel because she's done it her whole life.
    Rachel: I know how to do it.
    • Rachel on how performing in large crowds is natural for her.
  • Some parents just work at...I don't know...Microscoft (She mispronounced the word. She meant Microsoft) and just sit there at a desk and their kids have to sit at a desk, too and...I don't know!
    • Rachel on how different her and her parents' lifestyle is compared to other parents and their children.
  • Interviewer: How long do your parents usually let you stay up?
    Rachel: I probably get home at 1:00 (am) and I go to bed at 1:30. [shrugs] I don't know.
    Tina: She's usually in bed at-
    Rachel: 1?
    Tina: 1.
    Interviewer: 1 am? [laughing]
    Tina: [laughing] 1 am. She's performing. She's-
    Rachel: Maybe on a school night, I go to bed at 10! Maybe.
    Tina: Yeah. Maybe. When you went to public school. Now she does homeschool, so she doesn't go to bed until 1.
    • Rachel's bedtime when she performs onstage.
  • It's fun hitting on the drums and singing songs.
    • Rachel on performing.
  • It's really fun and just to be with a friend while you're working really hard. It can sometimes be really stressful. Also it's just fun to have someone to laugh with and have a good time with.
    • Rachel on having friends with her while she tours.
  • As an adult, I think I wanna be living in New York City and help a lot of homeless people and try to become vegan and maybe be a band with some good friends and be making a living and be happy with how much money I have.
    • Rachel on her adult goals.
  • I think bootlegging is kinda cool.
    • Rachel on bootlegging on the Off & On Broadway skit
  • I hope our DVD comes out better than this!
    • Rachel on the low quality of the bootleg copy of Off & On Broadway skit
  • If I walk down the street in jeans and a plain t-shirt, I don’t feel like the world sees me as I want to be seen or as what I am.
    • Trachtenburg on her fashion sense.

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