Seattle Growth Podcast 4.6: The musicians lost in the boom

Trying to make it as an artist in a booming economy is more difficult than you might think.

Episode 6 of the Seattle Growth Podcast, Season 4, offers rare insight into the economics and emotions of being a professional musician in modern-day Seattle. As money and people flood into the city, meet a few of the talented artists from Seattle’s legendary music scene who have struggled to make a decent living despite their success—and are on their way out (if not already).

Naomi Wachira, once named “Best Folk Singer” by Seattle Weekly, has already left Seattle.

Matt Bishop’s popular and critically acclaimed band, Hey Marseilles, has gone on hiatus.

Kate Voss, named “Best Jazz Act” of 2017 by Seattle Weekly and “NW Vocalist of the Year” by Earshot Jazz, is seriously considering a move to a more inexpensive locale with her husband, Jason Goessl, with whom she performs as the vintage jazz duo Sundae + Mr. Goessl.

To present a few examples of the homegrown art and artists that may be lost amid the boom, the episode features the songs “Makes My Heart Sway” by Sundae + Mr. Goessl, and “Beautifully Human” by Wachira.

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Naomi Wachira
Matt Bishop
Kate Voss and Jason Goessl

The Seattle Growth Podcast is hosted and produced by Jeff Shulman, an associate professor of marketing and the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor at the UW Foster School of Business.