Set It Off: Rachael Spiewak

September 10th, 2008 by Larry

Name:
Rachael Spiewak

Aka:
Lil Ray, Tiny Mixmaster, Wak, Big Mama Spie

Website:
www.sopobikes.org

Where are you from?
Cooper City, FL

Who do you work for?
Sopo Bicycle Cooperative, Atlanta’s nonprofit community bicycle repair shop.

What are your Current Project(s)?
For Sopo, I manage and coordinate day-to-day operations and long term projects, along with a collective of amazing volunteers. The bulk of what I do is taken up with grassroots fundraising (read: throwing fanstatic parties) and caring for the shop and the people in it. Outside of the shop, I’m the resident DJ for the Harold Group, an art collective that throws quarterly theme parties (among other things). I go by Tiny Mixmaster. Here’s a live recording of a recent set. This one’s more indie electro than usual. I usually go for electrofunk, although people go bonkers for new jack swing (Soul II Soul and Bobby Brown take parties to a magical level). I figure, becoming an internationally touring electro DJ is a pretty good way to get out of the nonprofit game when the time comes.

Who would you love to work with?
The current kids at Sopo, 10 years from now. We’re teaching them about cooperation, environmental resonsibility, DIY, and conflict resolution in an unual kind of classroom, and in a place where they choose to be. They’re already cool kids. I bet they’ll be cool adults, too. Plus, they gotta run the bike shop when we all retire and buy yachts with our fat nonprofit paychecks.

If you had to give all your sneakers away to charity except for one pair, which ones would you keep?
The guys at Rare Footage in East Atlanta hooked me up with a pair of red Authentic Vans recently. Ordinarily, I don’t do red, or primary colors really. I’m from South Florida. I like pastels and all things CMYK. Anyway, I’ve never gotten so many shoe compliments…and shoe-related assumptions about my rowdiness. Apparently, red shoes kinda mean something about the person wearing them.

What’s on your iPod right now?
Funny, I don’t have an iPod. But in heavy rotation in Torq, the DJ software I use so I can contain my entire operation inside my messenger bag, are Crystal Castles, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, the Bloody Beetroots, Shawty Lo, Burial, and Flying Lotus. And I’ve got electrofunk for days. I love the crap out of some local bands and DJs, too. I’ve seen Noot D’Noot about 17 times this year, and at a slightly lesser frequency, I’ve been enjoying Judi Chicago, Black Dominoes, Samadha, Zano Bathroom, Chris Devoe, Batata Doce, and Rev Rebel and the Sound Supreme.

What’s your Favorite ATL food?
Soul Vegetarian’s mac and cheese.  Their yams are excellent, too. 

What’s your Favorite ATL hangout?
When I’m not at the Sopo shop, I’m probably at Aurora L5P or Wonderroot. I’ve been digging the Highland Ballroom lately.

What are your Pet Peeves?
Aggro drivers, bicycles on the sidewalk, using the word “ghetto” to negatively refer to something as low budget (as if low budget = bad anyway), using the word “retarded” to refer to something as unsatisfactory, lazy DJs, and waiting on lines.

Shout outs?
Here’s some love for the entire Sopo community, the Harold Group, Ryan James, Black Dominoes, Sammy Parker, Studio Disco, Hollypop, all of my weirdo bike touring couch surfers who remind me that bikes are about fun, Lil Andy, and DIY’ers everywhere. Big ups to all my haters.

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