Rachel Trachtenburg

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Rachel Piña Trachtenburg (born December 10, 1993) is the drummer and backup singer for the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.


  • 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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