Society & Culture

Join Oakland-based countercultural darling, Rachel Lark, as she interviews artists, activists and scholars about the connection between art and activism and tries to get to the bottom of the question, “What’s The Point?”

October 19, 2020

Vinitha Watson: The Artist As An Entrepreneur

Vinitha Watson: The Artist As An Entrepreneur 

What’s the point of art as a business? And how can creatives thrive in a system that does not value their labor? Artist, design strategist, and entrepreneur Vinitha Watson chats with us about the ever-shifting music industry, our connections under Capitalism, and why entrepreneurship is a necessary vehicle for cultural change.

Follow @VinithaWatson on social media and learn more about the life changing not-for-profit Zoo Labs and their music residency here

Today’s featured musician is Dillbilly, a genre-queer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the rural Midwest. You can find more from them at Songs listed in order played:

(0:57 - 1:40) Dillbilly, Heavyweight

(3:45 - 4:15) Dillbilly, Marionette

(11:25 - 11:45) Dillbilly, Mouth Sounds

(22:16 - 25:20) Dillbilly, Bees Busy

Art mentioned in this episode…

  1. A Tribe Called Quest - I recommend listening to Midnight Marauders
  2. Fiona Apple - I recommend checking out Tidal and Fetch The Bolt Cutters

Organizations mentioned in this episode…

  1. Zoo Labs

Five Minute Action!

Call your senator and urge them not to confirm a new supreme court judge until after the election. You can call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121

Call us and leave us a message at 415-610-4866. Are you an artist? Are you an entrepreneur? How do you square making a living with making art? What have you had to overcome to ask for money or launch your own project?

This episode was produced and engineered by booch McCandless. 

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