Kiddy Smile (Defected - Paris)
Ketiov (Running Back - Madrid)
CARBS is a new party in Madrid created by Ketiov (Catz 'n Dogz), with an eclectic musical selection aimed at fans of Disco, House, and Boogie.
The idea is to create a fun, down-to-earth atmosphere. We don't care who you are, or who you love; we only care that you come with the energy and attitude to have a great night dancing like there was no tomorrow.
To make sure your energy stays high all night long, don't forget to eat a good, solid dinner full of your favorite carbs. After all, WE LOVE CARBS.
Kiddy Smile was raised in a housing project in Rambouillet (Yvelines) to the southwest of Paris. His teenage years were rather rowdy, but he soon acquired a taste for dancing. He appeared in a few music videos, especially George Michael’s An Easier Affair, and moved from Rambouillet to Paris. He took dancing lessons and discovered Sylvester and Grace Jones – who, he says, shaped his personality.
Before beginning his musical career, Kiddy Smile was a fashion stylist (a love passed on to him by his mother). Among his influences, he cites African-American genres such as gospel and hip-hop, 90s Chicago and Detroit music, the voguing movement and the New York house ballroom scene.
Kiddy Smile met Gossip singer Beth Ditto at a Jeremy Scott fashion show. Beth invited him to appear with her band at the Coachella Festival in Los Angeles.
He also ran into Lasseindra Ninja, a Parisian voguing figure, who introduced him to the movement and encouraged him to organize events. In a 2015 interview, Kiddy Smile explained that “Voguing is above all ballroom-culture dance, a space for freedom where you can be yourself, where outcasts can find a place.”
Through his events, dancers, music and videos, Kiddy embodies that culture where his skin color, love of fashion and homosexuality are fully embraced. His talent and extravagant nature brought him into the public eye and he became known as the ‘French Prince of Voguing’.
While he was organizing his Strange evenings, he met Olivier Rousteing, the creative director of Balmain, who asked him to develop the brand’s sound identity. Kiddy would also work with Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Lancôme, Versace and Asos…
In 2016, he dropped two tracks, Teardrops In The Box and Let A B!tch Know, on house label Anglais Defected.
Kiddy Smile will be releasing his first album, One Trick Pony, on August 31, 2018. It explores more intimate, personal subjects such as unrequited love, paternal desertion and acceptance of one’s body.
The artist also plays in the new movie directed by Gaspard Noé, Climax, which won critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2018, when it featured as part of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight). The first single from the album, Dickmatized, is on the original soundtrack of the movie.