Ep. 157: Kid Millions

  • by Andy Beckerman
  • on Beginnings

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 John Colpitts AKA Kid Millions of the bands Oneida and Man Forever. John started drumming in high school and moved to New York in the late-90s to get into music more seriously. After working in music-adjacent jobs like being the booker for The Knitting Factory and playing in a jazz trio, John and some friends eventually formed Oneida. In the last 16 years, Oneida’s released a dozen albums and toured all over the world. Most recently, John put out an album of minimalist percussion under the name Man Forever. It’s on Thrill Jockey, and it’s really awesome!

Towards the end of March, John came over to the Harlem studio to talk about the sexual predator that plagued his school, growing up in a small town, having a pilot for a dad, religion and order, parental anxiety, boarding school, and hanging with the Duponts. And in the second half of the show, I talk to my friend Geoff Garlock. Geoff is the co-host of the great podcast Worst Gig Ever, a teacher and writer at UCB, and was in the bands Orchid and Panthers. I asked Geoff to come and talk about being in a band, but we quickly digress into an interesting discussion of being existentially fulfilled. I had a grand time, and I think you will too!

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