Make/Work Episode 28: Pamela Z


In episode 28 of Make/Work, host Scott Pinkmountain speaks with the composer/performer Pamela Z. Rooted in the San Francisco avant-garde music scene, Pamela Z combines vocals, electronic processing, and multi-media performance into a hybrid, experimental medium of her own invention.

She speaks with Scott about her natural penchant for organization and databases, the fears and concerns that come with living commission to commission and grant to grant, and the benefits of the one-a-day Squickie.

If I don’t get as much money as I ask for, I’ve got to scale the project back so that I still get paid to do it.


Listen to Episode 28 (and subscribe to Make/Work!) now in iTunes. Or, get the direct download. And you can now get Make/Work through Stitcher.

Watch Pamela Z perform live below (or click here).

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 on the third Thursday of every month.

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 →