Make/Work Episode 10: John Colpitts


In Episode 10 of Make/Work, host Scott Pinkmountain talks with drummer/composer John Colpitts, aka Kid Millions. Colpitts is a founding member of the band Oneida, but he’s toured and recorded with tons of bands including Yo La Tengo, Spiritualized, Akron/Family, Marnie Stern, The Boredoms, and the Rumpus’s own Rick Moody. More recently, he’s focused on his solo percussion project, Man Forever. Man Forever is currently on tour, and the new album, Ryonen, which is a collaboration with the So Percussion ensemble, comes out this month on Thrill Jockey.

When Scott caught up with him, Colpitts had just finally quit his day job after more than 15 years as a professional musician.

It’s so funny. When I fucking quit [my day job] this guy in the office was like, “Man, when Monday comes around you’re going to be so psyched. You’re going to be sleeping in.” I was like, “Fuck you. I’m going to be up earlier.”

Listen to Episode 10 (and subscribe to Make/Work!) now in iTunes. Or get the direct download. And you can now get Make/Work through Stitcher.

Every creative laborer has a different story to tell about how they negotiate their relationship between their creative work and their paycheck and how they balance their lives to sustain their creative practice. In Make/Work, Scott will speak with emerging and established artists working in a wide range of creative mediums about how they survive, how they make a living, and how they maintain their work over the long term. New episodes will be released every other Thursday.

Man Forever – Surface Patterns from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Scott Pinkmountain is a writer and musician living in California. He is the creator and host of The History Channeler comedy podcast and has written for This American Life, A Public Space, HTMLGIANT, and other publications. He has also released dozens of albums of both instrumental music and songs including the recent No Country Music. He can be found at More from this author →