Mix Series: 032 - C Powers
C. Powers is a Los Angeles based producer and DJ. Prior to their move to California, they were based in Atlanta and then Savannah, Georgia, where they were a part of the House of Gunt, and also spent time in Chicago, London, and Detroit.
Aside from their musical passions, they are a community activist for Street Watch LA (an organization dedicated to preventing police harassment of houseless residents of Los Angeles) along with the LA Tenants Union (which organizes against evictions), Food Not Bombs, and other community defense projects. They have an upcoming release with Sorry Records, and are a cofounder of the label & mix showcase Mom Radio.
“I drew on my skills as a low-level promoter to get into organizing: I knew how to make flyers, how to coordinate with various people, and how to bring people together in a space, the rest I learned as I went ahead. In Savannah I was asked to join the notorious and smelly House of Gunt as a DJ and we ran that city for a good minute. Prior to my arrival, there was almost no dance music in Savannah: we really had to work to make a dancing space for queer people a reality and we frequently had to remove bootlickers or aggravated and drunk cis men from our space. It can be a task to throw a "queer dance party" [anywhere, but especially] in small town Deep South.
Many labels inspire me. Sweat Equity continues to push against the trends and also continues to treat their artists with respect. CGI has long been an influence and important part of the southeast's contribution to electronic dancing music. TRAM Planet is a label that converted me into a distortion and dark dance music lover. Sorry Records is incredible, as are Knightwerk, Vanity Press, Portage Garage Sounds, Deep Club, FWM Entertainment, VLSC, DKA, and so many more that I’m dead wrong for forgetting.”