KIDDY SMILEIn Hip Hop
Debut album – ‘ONE TRICK PONY’ out now
LIVE in LONDON at BIRTHDAYS – November 16th
“squelchingly acidic and huge fun” THE GUARDIAN
‘the LGBTQ icon France needs right now” THE FADER
“.. a solid set of house and disco numbers….a spirit of defiance and display animates the album” FINANCIAL TIMES
Having celebrated the release of his debut album with a vogue ballroom extravaganza in his hometown Paris, Kiddy Smile heads to London in November for a show at east end venue Birthdays.
Kiddy, who supported Beth Ditto on her recent European tour, will play a free headlining show at Birthdays, with his band and dancers, on November 16th.
One Trick Pony has won plaudits from the likes of The Guardian, New York Times and Le Monde. New single Be Honest – is a song about coming out, asserting oneself and no longer leaving in shame. The video, shot in Paris, features key members of Paris’s ballroom community and addresses the song’s themes.
“It was really important for me to talk about religion. Indeed it’s still hard to live freely as an homosexual in places of worship. Many homosexuals are believers, but can’t find a safe place for them to practice their faith” says Kiddy.
In parts autobiographical, yet with a universal message, ‘One Trick Pony’ sees Kiddy working with an array of talent including Rouge Mary (Hercules & Love Affair) on Be Honest, Burn The House Down and One Friend and Crookers on ‘Dickmatized’. Citing gospel and hip-hop, 90s Chicago and Detroit as influences, Kiddy has delivered an album with house DNA at it’s core whilst embracing a pop sensibility. It explores intimate, personal topics – unrequited love, paternal desertion and acceptance of one’s body.