Biography

Julius Smack is a performance project by Peter Hernandez, a musician based in Los Angeles. In an interdisciplinary practice of music, text, and video, he connects histories and politics in butoh and vogue dance performances. He has released three recordings on Practical Records.


Photo by Perry Shimon.


Photo by Perry Shimon.


Photo by Cabure Bonugli.

Performances


Performing at Home Alone 2, 2013. Photo by Mary Manning.

2014

Apr. 16 - KChung Radio, Chinatown, Los Angeles
Apr. 11 - Cool World at The Lesbian and Gay Center at The Village, West Hollywood, Los Angeles
Apr. 4 - Cool World at 116 Roselawn Pl, Highland Park, Los Angeles
Mar. 23 - KChung Radio, Chinatown, Los Angeles
Mar. 18 - Play Station at The Lash, Los Angeles
Mar. 9 - The Smell with David Scott Stone, Michael Vidal, Tabor Mountain, and Peter Moran, Los Angeles
Jan. 31 - Cafe Van Kleef with Maya Songbird, Wizard Apprentice and DJ Swiss Miss, Oakland
Jan. 28 - High Fantasy at Aunt Charlie's Lounge, San Francisco
Jan. 25 - Nocturnal Daydreams at Alley Cat Books, San Francisco
Jan. 21 - High Fantasy at Aunt Charlie's Lounge, San Francisco
Jan. 14 - High Fantasy at Aunt Charlie's Lounge, San Francisco
Jan. 7 - High Fantasy at Aunt Charlie's Lounge, San Francisco

2013

Dec. 10 - High Fantasy at Aunt Charlie's Lounge, San Francisco
Nov. 26 - High Fantasy at Aunt Charlie's Lounge, San Francisco
Nov. 12 - High Fantasy at Aunt Charlie's Lounge, San Francisco
Nov. 5 - High Fantasy at Aunt Charlie's Lounge, San Francisco
Nov. 4 - The Chapel with Glasser, San Francisco
Oct. 22 - High Fantasy at Aunt Charlie's Lounge, San Francisco
Oct. 19 - The Drop In at Cafe Van Kleef, Oakland
Sep. 24 - High Fantasy at Aunt Charlie's Lounge, San Francisco
Sep. 4 - The News at SOMArts, San Francisco
Aug. 27 - High Fantasy at Aunt Charlie's Lounge, San Francisco
Aug. 16 & 17 - August by Breathing Works at Home Alone 2, New York, NY
Aug. 6 - High Fantasy at Aunt Charlie's Lounge, San Francisco
Aug. 4 - Save CCSF Guerilla Art Live, San Francisco
July 6 - Christopher F├╝llemann's closing show at n/a, Oakland

Video


Releases



Tracklist
I Say What I Want
I Say What I Want (Version)
A Paradise Built In Hell
I Say What I Want (Colin Self Remix)
I Say What I Want (Dragging an Ox through Water Remix)
Julius Smack
I Say What I Want (PR004)




"The fall of the Roman Empire, and the equally (if not more) advanced Han, Mauryan, and Gupta Empires, as well as so many advanced Mesopotamian Empires, are all testimony to the fact that advanced, sophisticated, complex, and creative civilizations can be both fragile and impermanent." - Safa Motesharrei, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

Produced, recorded, and written by Julius Smack in Los Angeles.
Remixes by Colin Self and Dragging an Ox through Water.
Cover photo by Perry Shimon.
Cover art designed by Julius Smack.


Tracklist
Heaven's Dismay
Sight
Outstanding Geographies
Living Social
The Ecstatic Body
Feels So Right
I Need It
I'm Still In Love With You (Al Green Cover)
Julius Smack
Julius Smack In Aunt Charlie's Lounge (PR003)




Amid the red light and clashing clamor, I set up a projection on an umbrella on the night of my first performance at Aunt Charlie's Lounge in San Francisco, at a party called High Fantasy. Since then I have involved Starbucks cups, a yoga mat, audience participation, and tabloid magazines. Each night I performed, I prepared a new track or a new rendition of a track for the audience. This is a compilation of those songs.


Buy at Practical Records
Julius Smack
The Ecstatic Body
(PR002)



Back then, I had a wisteria chandelier to summon an era. My life was an unworldly clamor! I stood below red and white patterns in the Mission Delores Basilica. Listen close: I can hear St. Francis calling from the beams in the yellow light that shone through the windows on the day after the winter solstice, and I sam in the ecstatic body!


Buy at Practical Records

Tracklist
Feels So Right
Julius Smack Dancing
I'm Still In Love With You (Al Green Cover)
Julius Smack In the Garden
Heaven's Dismay (August Version)
Sight (August Version)
Feels So Right (Club Mix)
Feels So Right (Redux)
Julius Smack
Feels So Right EP
(PR001)



"This debut release features his take on left-field electronic pop, with warm melting synths, and that irresistible voice. It's impossible to not hear Arthur Russell in Julius Smack, but we also hear touches of Owen Pallett and maybe a more clubby version of David Sylvian. This ep features four original tracks, some tasteful interludes laced with field recordings, a few remixes of the title track, and two covers. His take on Al Green's "I'm Still In Love With You" is a stunner... and make sure to stick around for the 'secret' Arthur Russell cover (of course) which appears after the last track. This is music that is both delicate and self assured, bold without being flashy, and sensual without relying on played out signifiers. Not sure how many of these were pressed, so best to grab one quick so you can say you knew him when... " - Aquarius Records
Remixes

Store

Products in the Julius Smack Store are available on a limited basis - often in a small quantity. Stock is in constant flux so check back regularly.
 


"Feels So Right" by Julius Smack
CD-R, $7

Limited edition of 50


Gold Chain as worn by Julius Smack
12", $20


White Hat as worn by Julius Smack
One Size, $10