[K]iddy Smile has an atmospheric presence as powerful as his music: with a wardrobe of sequins to snapbacks, platforms to puffercoats, and a record bag ranging from LCD Soundsystem to Grace Jones, Smile is undoubtedly an innovator. Born Pierre Hache in Rambouillet – the “black, Arabic, poor” suburb of Paris – Smile found creativity and comfort in expressive dressing and dance. Accepting his gender fluidity and homosexuality through his style and rhythm, he went on to dance professionally, joining The Gossip at Coachella in 2010, but eventually found he wanted to express himself through words and music. Taking things back to 80s and 90s house, Kiddy Smile’s beats are as nostalgic as they are unique: creating, producing, singing and even rapping, his sounds are all him.
Interested in raising the voices of the LGBTQ+ community, Kiddy Smile has recently teamed up with the We’re Open campaign, a project from Smirnoff aiming to raise awareness of the trans and non-binary communities to promote a more inclusive night and club culture. Working with DJ Honey Dijon and British transgender model and dancer Lucy Fizz, Kiddy Smile has created a way to amplify activism through music. We caught up with the dancing-DJ-musician-activist to find out what the initiative means to him, and how he became the Kiddy Smile he is today…
How did you first get involved in music?
I started through dancing then moved to music in order to be able to tell my story not only with my body but words and melodies as well.