by Chris Conde
Equipped with bumping electro grooves, a dancer wearing a giant skull, and effervescent costumes that are as loud, and almost equally important as, the hard-hitting dance beats pumping through his keyboards, Eric Cavazos has spent the last three years infiltrating the San Antonio music scene with his high-energy electronic act, Pink Leche.
Cavazos credits Munich’s performance electro-clashers, Chicks On Speed, and they way they incorporated fashion and art into their music, as one of his main influences for the project.
The singer also listed Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon as an artist who shaped him early on, as well as New Orleans’ bounce artist Big Freedia. “Making a song where you tell people to do something – that was very influential,” Cavazos told the Current. Hence his song “Strut," where he says “I want to see you strut" – quite literally because he wants his audience to, well, strut. (“Like, no, I’m telling you for real – I want to see you do this," he says.)
Born and raised in San Perlita, a tiny town nestled in the Rio Grande Valley, Eric Cavazos moved to San Antonio in the early 2000s to study art at UTSA. It was there that he began to experiment with keyboards and produce songs that he says sounded more like the poignant indie vibes of Cat Power than the in-your-face electro thump sound that he’s known for today.
In 2015 Pink Leche performed at Maverick Music Festival and later that year released his debut EP House of Relaxation, a split EP he put out with fellow electronic producer, Xy!o. This summer, Cavazos plans to head back into the studio to work on a new collection of music which he says will be dancy, political, and a little more edgy.
“I’m already weird, but how weird can I get" he said, explaining that he started this project as a way to celebrate "being different" by constantly trying to push his sound, costumes and performances to the next creative level.
On top of performing around town, Cavazos hosts Queer Brunch, a live music event featuring LGBTQ artists, craft vendors, once a month at Brick in the Blue Star Arts Complex.
Sunday, June 25, Queer Brunch, Free, Noon, Brick At Blue Star, 108 Blue Star
For more information, visit Pink Leche's Facebook Page