Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m Katy Goodman. I’m a musician, and also a junior web developer. I went to Rutgers and studied physics and education, but then decided to pursue music instead of becoming a teacher. I’ve been playing in 2 bands for the last 8 years (Vivian Girls, La Sera), and travel the world playing shows and having fun and loving it. But when I’m not on tour, I love learning to code and developing websites. I just started working for CASH Music, where I’m training to do backend development. In my spare time, I’m going to college full time studying Computer Science, I have 2 cats and a dog who I hang out with a lot, and I go hiking sporadically.
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Not That Kind Of Python: How An Indie Rock Star Became A Coder | Co.Create | creativity + culture + commerce
“La Sera frontwoman Katy Goodman is an indie rock star equally at home among musicians as she is, shall we say, among a geekier crowd. For proof, look no further than the fact that she’s gone back to college to get her computer degree, an outgrowth of her long fascination with computers and with the intellectual stimulation of programming.
Goodman has actually dabbled in coding with varying degrees of intensity over the years. The programmer side of her might not have seemed as obvious to her more casual fans, especially with Rolling Stone calling Goodman an “artist to watch” as it did a few years ago; it seemed like the stage—and recording studio—were where she was destined to call home. Nevertheless, long before fronting a group adept at big, insistent riffs and personal lyrics delivered in her dreamy, California-girl vocal style, computers were the thing she wanted to be around, a programmer the thing she wanted to be.
So much so, that Goodman found herself becoming a kind of hobbyist programmer, writing programs of her own in Visual Basic and coding her own websites for fun. She had ambitions, and she even thought about seeing where that interest might take her as she pursued higher education, but life, as it tends to do, got in the way.
Here, Goodman explains what happened next, and how she ended up throwing herself into computer coding in a big way.”
By Harley Brown
“CASH Music, a non-profit that creates free open-source tools for musicians, literally embodied their mission with an announcement on Wednesday: along with a new platform launch, the organization hired Los Angeles-based bassist, singer and songwriter Katy Goodman, who records and performs as La Sera and, on the sly, has been blogging about learning to code.
“Her skills are perfect for what we need,” says CASH co-executive director Maggie Vail, who first met Goodman during her 17-year tenure as general manager for indie stalwart Kill Rock Stars (back when she was “Kickball Katy” with punk-y Shangri-Las revivalists Vivian Girls), “and what better way to build things for musicians than to hire a musician?”
For now, Goodman will be working on an application for CASH’s venues database, accessible to artists, managers, labels, and other music industry-focused entities. “Think of it like a phonebook,” explains CASH co-founder Jesse Von Doom. “Open code is great, but it needs to be paired with open data. We don’t want artists to have to enter details for Terminal 5 or the Echo every time they’re talking about tour dates. That should just live somewhere for everyone to know. There are services that collect all that data, but their databases are closed, the info is private or exclusive, so there’s lock-in. F— that.””
01. Like Ships in the Night – “If We Cut a Record”
02. The Aquadolls – “Don’t Mean Jack”
03. The Lovely Bad Things – “Hear or Anywhere”
04. JD Debris – “Panic Attack” (Prod. Bodek)
05. Eddi Front – “Superhero Style”
06. Faces on Film – “The Rule”
07. Lady Lamb – “Shoulders”
08. Marissa Nadler – “Carnival”
09. Michael Mirra – “Baby Blue”
10. Death Valley Girls – “Get Home”
11. Dum Dum Girls – “Lost Boys and Girls Club”
12. La Sera – “Love That’s Gone (Katy’s Demo)
13. Lay Low Moon – “Thru & Thru”
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