Noah Blanco (27) acquired public notoriety a little more than a year ago, recently implemented in Chile the Gender Identity Law, which since the end of 2019 allows people to regulate the procedures to access the rectification of their birth certificate in what relative to your sex and name.
Blanco, a musician by profession, was the first trans person in the country to complete the name change and sex registration process, which in his case was not without complications. Although the day he requested the time in the Civil Registry, he was received by cameras and the Minister of Justice, Hernán Larraín – whom he refused to say hello -, last February he denounced that at the time of withdrawing his identity card it had his old names and still female, which even led to an internal summary in the body.
Only hours after that episode, Noah received his identity card with the corrected data at his home. And almost twelve months later, the young man stars in a new milestone in his career and for the dissidents, with the premiere of the song and the video clip of “Don’t save your love”, a single that partly synthesizes his personal process from the last year and, in addition, a preview of the album that the artist will release, for the first time, under his new first name.
“I was always very reluctant to do a solo project, basically for the same reason. How do I give it a name that does not represent something that I want to give so much? “, Says the musician, who since 2017 released various singles -such as” Estereotype “and” Fuego “- and the album” No. ” -available on platforms like Spotify- with his previous project, Dinosauria. “Now that I have things much clearer, that there is a message that I feel necessary to show, I put Noah Blanco (to the album) with all the love in the world and all the security that these are my thoughts and my way of seeing the world” , Explain.
The album, according to the author, will come out in the middle of this year and will bring a marked autobiographical and intimate stamp. Somehow there the stylistic diversity that the artist has wanted to continue exploring (“As I am diverse in life, also in music”, he says) will be condensed, as well as his own life experiences, the battles fought in recent times and various topics that it considers urgent to make visible.
“The Noah Blanco project opens my launch as a solo musician. I plan to release the album in June and it not only comes with music, but also with writings, with inquiries in other disciplines of art, which have to do with how we are forming from the dissident community, between various cultures and ways of expressing ourselves that differ from the common and current formats ”, he details.
The video clip for “Don’t save your love”, the single he is presenting tomorrow, was recorded in the Elqui Valley last month under the direction of Gowosa, and occupies various landscapes of Paihuano to tell a post-apocalyptic story. The song also includes the renowned singer-songwriter Dulce y Agraz (Daniela González), one of the many guests that the album will include.
“Collaborative work is not only an intention to do it collaboratively, but also a natural way in which we have resisted in recent times, at least I, in terms of meeting people, nourish myself with other experiences. Always seeking to generate a balance in the participation of trans, dissidents and LGBT and cisgender people. It is something very mine and that also brings the disc ”, indicates.
Regarding the public notoriety that his case and his personal process have acquired, Blanco defines it as an “acquired responsibility that one assumes even if one does not want to, when one takes a public, social, artistic place”. In fact, he acknowledges that he never considered being an activist, “but I can’t keep quiet about what I see, and the mere fact that a trans person wants to stand on a more mainstream stage is something political. I can’t separate that kind of thing and frankly I already stopped doing it ”.
Finally, for the musician, projects like the one he is currently working on have not only an artistic and testimonial value, but also an inspiring effect and the ability to give birth to realities that he considers invisible. If for him “being a musician in Chile is living on the periphery of the system”, especially in times of pandemic and lack of income for the sector, being a trans or dissident musician is an even greater disadvantage.
“It is quite complex because there are many things to take care of, there are many empty things and no help from the country where you live, for example to be able to have your health safe. Do not be surprised if there are not more trans artists in the scenes because in order to bring a work to the public there are a lot of fees to pay and, in my case, I have, for example, to decide if I have my breast surgery or invest in making material . That doesn’t have to be done by a cis (genre) musician. So it is unfair, it is relevant and it is necessary to understand it, because neither the scene has taken over, there are no practical measures to help us ”, he explains.
And he concludes: “I think it is super important to make trans identities visible in public and social scenes. If the state does not take charge of bringing information to the houses, we are the ones called to try to change that and that other children do not live what I have lived. If I had found a trans musician on the radio, things would have been different a long time ago ”.