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Practical Records Presents The Bedroom Witch, Julius Smack, Emma James, Saint Gen X, Emily Lucid (DJ)
November 14, 2019, 9:00 pm11:30 pm
Practical Records celebrates the release of The Bedroom Witch’s new album Diaspora on Psychic Eye Records with an extravagant evening of performance and dancing.
Cast as the misunderstood maker of the veil, the Bedroom Witch is a solo project that uses music, performance, and video to chronicle a journey across various realms that begins in “Exile” and ends in a return to “Nowhere.” Her sound is heavily layered with dark synth melodies and haunting – but upbeat – rhythms. She lyrically casts spells that fabricate these imaginative worlds paralleling her own to heal from her diaspora.
Peter Hernandez (Julius Smack), b. 1990, is a musician and performer based in Los Angeles, CA. He is the founder and director of Practical Records, an independent record label for California’s QTPOC communities. He creates music and dance performances as Julius Smack. His work concerns modernity, ancient philosophies, and indigenous spirituality, informed as a descendent of the Pascua Yaqui tribe born in Silicon Valley.
Emma James is an LA based artist and recent Bay Area transplant. Over the last decade, she has been performing experimental and electronic music, under various monikers, and is a Dark Entries Records alum. Her most recent work focusses on processing the complexities of personal grief and trauma. Emma’s songwriting utilizes minimal orchestration through the use of a drum machine, bass and vocals. When assembled, they aim to conjure moods reminiscent of an early 90s ballad.
Christopher Florendo (Saint Gen X) is a Filipinx multidisciplinary media performance artist whose intentions are to examine the profound generational traumas that exist in the toxicity of the colonialist mentality and the search for PATRIA, which ironically is the name of their deceased grandmother—Patria, which translates to nativeland or home. They have chosen to examine this through exposing and shedding the layers that have callused their existence through a performative exorcising of demons via movement, muscle memory, realness, deconstructing drag performance, and their life with mental illness and the constant evolution of their recovery process. It is an effort beneficial to their healing and inspiring and promoting the viewer to look deeper into their own existence and the scars that bind it together. What are they healing from and how? They are also a mental health advocate, educator, and leader with NAMI and works in the fashion creative industry as a fashion wardrobe stylist for film and print.