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Life & Work with Michaé and Matías (Michati)

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michaé and Matías (Michati).

It all began at the iconic New Jalisco Bar in DTLA. One of us thought we were on a date, the other thought we were building trans femme community. After sharing a kiss in a 1997 Camry, Michaé flew across the country and Michati’s future seemed bleak. But within the year, the two girls found themselves in LA once more. In a hot, stuffy studio in Chinatown Michaé told Matías that she had been wanting oh so badly to sing about her genitals. You see, they weren’t your average cis-normative genitals. She wanted to sing about her Girl Cock. Matías felt her own Girl Cock throb at the very notion and within minutes, they had embarked on a nasty, sexy, magical trans girl journey to create the anthem of a lifetime. The rest is history, kunts.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
CW Transphobia. Our music is by and for the trans community. It brings joy and affirmation to us all and gets us through a lifetime of systemic oppression in the form of houselessness, poverty, violence, and in many cases, premature death. Because our songs are so explicit and specifically speak to the trans feminine experience that is not often represented in media, we are very rarely booked for gigs outside of the trans community. Let’s be real, no matter who you are, our music hits. The fact that our community, which already struggles with resource scarcity, is our primary support is just another manifestation of the transphobia in this world. If you know anything about music history or history at all for that matter, you will know that trans and gender nonconforming folks, especially black folks, have been at the forefront of all movements and cultural shifts. So our communities will continue to do the work, but it’s about time that we are paid for it.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Michati is a two trans femme girl group made up of Michaé De La Cuadra and Matías Anaya. Their pronouns are sex and community. They make EDFemme club music that celebrates pleasure, pain, transition, and flesh. Born out of the need to empower themselves, their sisters, and nonbinary siblings, Michati rejects all expectations of gender and genre. They do what feels right. Michati’s iconic first single, Girl Cock, has become an anthem for the Los Angeles trans community. They regularly perform at underground queer parties and have also opened for Azealia Banks at the Globe Theater. By day, Michaé is a policy expert and organizer fighting for the health and well-being of transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex (TGI) people and utilizes the sounds of Michati as a political commentary. Matías is a staple in the LA queer music scene, creating transfeminist Latinx music through her solo project, Mx. Matías, and collaborating with a wide variety of trans and queer artists.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
There are many readings that help us in our work, but more so we are inspired and driven by the work of other amazing community members and siblings, such as: @earthtojordi @daviaspain @chellacoleman @mayapolis @nonbinarymami @theuhuruverse Edxie Betts @keelahtay These artists and activists create magic and empower community daily, despite not having access to the same resources as cisgender and white folks. Their work is a constant source of strength and inspiration. We are infinitely grateful to share community, collaborate, and share the streets with them.

Pricing:

  • Buy on Bandcamp for $4

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Image Credits:

Photos by Xelestiál Moreno-Luz / @nonbinarymami Album Art by Michati

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