Today we’d like to introduce you to Blasia Discoteca.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I have been performing as a drag artist for the past three years. Blasia stands for “blasian” which means Black and Asian or in my case, Black and Japanese. Discoteca stands for the Spanish word for nightclub; I use this to allude to my Mexican side. I started performing as an offspring of my community and connected through a similar struggle. Blasia Discoteca is a cross-cultural, intersectional experience that believes in the power of community and uniting with others of similar experience. I just recently started identifying as an artist. Before, I would label myself as a Drag Queen, a dancer, a painter, or a performance artist; those are parts of my art, but not a definition.
Please tell us about your art.
I use performance art as a main channel for the message that I choose to convey. I make art for people like me. I make art for my community. I want to make sure that my work is intentional; I give it purpose and do not rely on others too. When people see my work, I just hope that they feel something and are able to self reflect. Many of my performances are self-reflection that I project on stage. I hope that after I perform people think “Have I been real with myself today?” I take inspiration from the people around me. I am inspired by the artistic outlet’s people have used throughout history to deal with their traumas. Mechanism Dance Theater (Brenda Reyes Chavez, Manuel Macias, Jennifer Gerry, & Gabriela Garza-Vazquez) and Gayle Fekete, a professional choreographer, played a key role in cultivating Blasia’s artistic philosophy & direction.
What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I’m speaking about this in terms of performance art and Drag art. We need to start the dialogue on pay within nightlife. We as performers, artists, must advocate for ourselves as well as one another. Compensation is such a loaded topic within the community however there never seems to be a solution, just something we have to accept. This is the mindset of; “When making art, you are never going to make your return on investment.” In order to address this, we as local performers must establish a standard base rate to propose to promoters or curators looking to book us. They must know that local art should not be overlooked and exploited. As a city, spaces need to be offered for Queer Trans POC to share art so that we can utilize it to amplify our experiences. Donate your spaces for QTPOC ARTISTS!
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can follow me on Instagram! (@blasiadiscoteca) That is the main channel where I share my work other than being at my shows. I perform at parties like sCUM and Exposure Drag as well as have residencies at Club Clit, Hit Parader, and Casual Dreaming. I value keeping the mystery of my art alive so I like to keep performance videos offline. I encourage people to come out to my shows and talk about the pieces with me over a cocktail or Shirley Temple! Otherwise, I do post some videos online.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Blasiadiscoteca
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