Explore the art, work, lives and politics of your favorite transgender musicians. Don't have a favorite trans musician? This is where you get one. Hosted by Riley from transmusic.org.
Sammy Heck, Egg Cracker
Back in October, I went on a little road trip to Washington DC. Whenever I travel now, I reach out to local trans musicians and see if they want to be interviewed for the podcast. Sammy Gagnon, who plays under the band name Sammy Heck and runs the DIY label Deep Sea Records, drove all the way down from Baltimore to meet me for this interview. We talked about how she got into the DIY scene, what Guitar Center is like as a trans woman, and cracking eggs.
Read more on our website: https://transmusic.org/post/183206262037/sammy-heck-egg-cracker
More information about Kanautica:
Kanautica Zayre Brown is a Black trans woman who has been denied transfer to a women’s facility. You can read more about her story on The Root.
I know that most of the people reading this right now are trans, and trans people generally hate phone calls. It’s also scary if you don’t know who’s going to be on the other end. But we’ve gotta stand up for each other y’all. If we don’t, who will? And if you want to send her some money, she and her husband Dionne’s cash app is $007db.
“I’m calling to demand that you transfer Kanautica Zayre-Brown (inmate number 0618705) to a women’s prison in accordance with her wishes, the Prison Rape Elimination Act, and The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons Transgender Offender Manual. Kanautica needs to be moved to a women’s facility to affirm her identity and ensure her rights and safety"
More numbers to call:
Harnett County Sherriff’s Office: (910) 893 8111
Harnett Correctional Institution: (910) 893 2751
NC Department of Corrections: (919) 838 4000
NC Department of Public Safety: (919) 733 2126
Audrey Ayers is Unmoored
Audrey Ayers used to play lead guitar for emo rockers the Mineral Girls, and has a new solo project called Problem Addict. I got to talk with her recently when I was in Charlotte, NC visiting my dad.
The thing I liked most about this interview is that her whole deal as both an artist and person is facing your mistakes and your power head on. Read the transcript and see the pictures: https://durhambeat.com/2019/02/18/artist-profile-audrey-ayers/
Sinclair Palmer on Appropriation, Music School, and Being A Hired Gun
I went to visit Sinclair at their little cabin by a creek in Hillsboro, North Carolina. We talked about their bands, their post-graduation plans, and then got really, really deep into a conversation about cultural appropriation in music.
Read their profile on the Durham Beat: https://durhambeat.com/2019/02/12/artist-profile-sinclair-palmer/
Asa on Her Crafts: Dancing, Hip-Hop, and Tending to Her Ancestors
Asa Coaxum is a dancer and rapper who lives in Durham North Carolina. I interviewed her recently and we talked about her new album, how she got her start in the local dance scene, and how Azaelia Banks introduced her to Santeria.
This profile is a collaboration with the Durham Beat. Read the interview transcript and see the photos I took of Asa at: https://durhambeat.com/category/artistprofiles/
The HIRS Collective on Conflict, Violence, Theft, and Being Cool
Back in September, before I learned how to properly use my microphone, I got to speak with two members of the HIRS collective, a thrashy grindcore band from Philadelphia, when they came through North Carolina on tour. We talked about their organizational philosophy, tokenization in punk, and using violent music as an outlet in a violent world.
Read more and see photos on our website: https://transmusic.org/
Learn more about the HIRS Collective: http://hirs666.com/
A.W. Weiss on Living Room Tours, Their Deadname, and Still Being Emo
Do you know that Robyn song, Call Your Girlfriend? Well for a long time, I thought it was written by this week’s guest, A.W. Weiss, because their cover of the song is just so great.
I’ve listened to A.W.’s music for a long time, so I was so excited that I had the opportunity to interview them when they stopped in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on their living room tour a couple months ago. We talked about their new sound, their new country music project, and transitioning as an already-famous person.
Read the transcript and see photos over on the website: https://transmusic.org/post/182176837817/aw-weiss-on-living-room-tours-their-dead-name