May Slut of the Month: San Cha

Our first encounter with San Cha was last fall, when she gave a viscerally stunning performance while wielding a big black dildo and a microphone like a possessed high priestess, owning the stage of a small Oakland club. After that kind of introduction, it’s only fitting that the singer/performance artist grace our screens as a Slut of the Month. We’re thrilled to get a window into her uncompromising, slut-positive artistic vision with some in-depth interview questions in addition to our regular SOTM questionnaire.

To what extent does your sexual energy drive your performance art and music?

A lot of frustrations I deal with arise from sex, sexual urges, attraction, fantasies, encounters, fluidity and for me lots of confusion. The goal when I perform is complete freedom and liberation. We grow up in a culture that sexually represses us and especially shames mujeres, so sexual energy is released in the way I sing/scream, the way I move/dance on stage, the way I dress.

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Photo Credit: Antonio De Lucci

Which projects deal with which aspects of your Id?

My solo San Cha work focuses more on relationships and power dynamics within those relationships. It’s much more personal so I make the lyrics vague but introspective. It’s the emotions I do not express out loud, the deep flaws and weaknesses that I try to hide. It’s also my deeply delusional side where I over exaggerate everything that I feel and everything I am. The work roots itself in my role as a queer cis gendered Chicana with Catholic guilt, and how all this plays a part in the way I interact with the world and the world interacts with me.

With Daddies Plastik we have a chance to explore more punk sensibilities and we joke around. I’m not necessarily telling a story, I’m just being and reacting to what’s directly put in from of me at that moment.

Multiple bio’s of yours online include the word slut as a defining adjective. Were you always pro-slut or was it a process to own that word?

It was definitely a process mostly in accepting myself and allowing myself the freedom to be a pro-slut to myself. When I decided on the name San Cha, I was afraid of being thought of as a slut and took to the name a bit shyly. Sancha means mistress, so a sancha/o is the person your partner is cheating on you with. This word comes with other connotations of her being a home wrecker and sneaky liar with no boundaries and especially the slut that will do all the things your dignified partner would not do.

Easy and Sleazy

I took the name as a metaphor for the state of the pop music industry where I would be the alternative to the stars that are worshiped, but in the process I have lost a lot of my sexual reservations. I guess I’ve always been pro-slut, but there is always room for more acceptance.

In the Daddie$ Pla$tik track “Google Google Apps Apps” you satirize internet culture and silicon valley chanting “gringa gringa apps apps…I just wanna wanna be white” and in your solo album you since a few songs in Spanish. How do race, culture and ethnicity inform your art? Are there any particular stereotypes or archetypes you enjoy subverting?

Much of what informs my work has to do with some sort of struggle, and as a Chicana I grew up inbetween 2 very different worlds that did not understand each other. I also grew up in a working class neighborhood and I was enrolled in classes whose role was to get us underrepresented high school students into 4 year colleges. Our teachers engraved in us the phrase “do not be another statistic.” I grew up being told time and time again that the odds were against me. I do not have the same opportunities as those gringo/as. That was more of the reasoning for “Google Apps”, that as a San Francisco gets richer, it inevitably gets whiter.

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Photo Credit: Daniel Toribio

With my solo work, I like to use the Catholic imagery, especially the Virgin Mary who is the “la madre de Mexico.” The Mexican culture is very machista, but the most influential image is that of La Virgen de Guadalupe. It was the most powerful weapon that Spanish used to convert the native indigenous tribes into Catholics. To me, it proves that the Mexicana/o is pagan matriarchy. It gives me hope.

I like to imagine that The Virgin Mary as Jesus’ mom was the first slut that influenced his life tremendously, as did Mary Magdalene. I also imagine that La Virgen is a glorified La Malinche, because it was her image that submitted the indigenous to the white DUDE. But that’s my own story I made up in my head. This religious shit is sooo engraved in my brain.

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Daddies Plastik. Photo Credit: Fabian FBFE

What is the Black Glitter Collective?

We are just a group of homies (DJ Tori, Persia, Tyler Holmes, VainHein, Jesse Sangria and Mauel Rodrigues) that throw shows together and make music, take photos and make videos together. There are many more people that help us with publicity, production and logistical things like my friend Ammo, Orchid Bakla, Javier Infante, Keith Kubota, Eriq. We started off throwing monthly parties, but I got really burnt out with that in a year. We are working on becoming an official record label and production company. Right now anything we put out we put out with the Black Glitter name, but we need to just make it official.

A lot of your work seems to be in the drag scene, do you consider yourself a drag performer to some extent?

To some extent, yes, I am heavily influenced by drag. It was Persia, who I call my drag father, who opened up so many performance opportunities for me. Before I met her, I was looking for shows to play on Craigslist and open mics, I was trying my hardest to get into some kind of music/band circuit. When I met her I started performing at a lot of drag shows, art openings, and queer parties and I’ve learned much from Persia, from how to socialize, to how to shock the fuck out of people on stage.

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What are some of your favorite ways to say fuck off to the patriarchy?

It’s hard to say, cause it’s a pretty difficult life. And it’s draining to be the person calling out your oppressor and realizing when it’s time to leave that situation. I just try and surround myself with people that want to make things happen outside of the patriarchal system where your work needs to make money and you measure success with numbers and climb endless ladders.

Do you have any advice for young girls who want to embody the term “slut” but are afraid to?

I’m not really good at giving advice.

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Photo Credit: Manuel Rodrigues

I am: hungry

By Day: zombie

By Night: alive

My Vices: people, drama, alcohol, cumbia, loud music, hair flips

My Virtues: I love hella hard

The Present: broke and frustrated

The Future: happy

Favorite Flavor: whiskey

Favorite Feeling: pre-performance anxiety/adrenaline

Favorite Fabric: lace

Substance is: truth

Style is: subjective

Slut is: yo

Main image: Johnny Rose for Xara Thustra

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