***The brand new self-titled debut CD, "This Years Blonde" includes not only 10 songs, it also has bonus picture files & the "I'm Doing Well" music video when played in a computer CD-ROM drive!***
This Years Blonde is Kiki du Parre. He is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, engineer & short filmmaker. With the exception of an occasional female vocal, every sound that is heard on a This Years Blonde recording was made & conceptualized by him. A true solo project for a modern audio/visual artist!
Kiki's vocals vary from rich, melodic baritone, to soaring tenor. His sound ranges from rock & gothic to industrial dance grooves (with a little pop sensability thrown in for good measure.) We call his sound "Rock Erotic" because of the images and emotions he portays & evokes.
He began his career in the rock & punk Los Angeles club scene as a young teenager in the late 1980's. He was the principal songwriter & performed various instruments, as well as being the frontman for a variety of bands including: Baby Jane, The Fleshtoys, and Amphetamine Blue. One of his first recording experiences was with the Wave Bros. Band, an alternative surf band that was recorded by John Vestman at his studio, and mastered by Bernie Grudman....After that experience, he was hooked on the art of recording. He has also recorded with two Scandinavian pop acts: Vaitoss & Free Sample.
This Years Blonde debuted on the Internet in 2003, receiving over 2-1/2 million hits at the Blonde Bitch Goddess Music website in the first year. Fans from all over the world come to the site to experience the music, download his very popular videos, visit the art galleries, and more.
David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, Jim Steinman, Elvis Costello, and the Ramones. Also a touch of Grieg & Wagner on the classical tip.
His sound is usually compared to David Bowie or Sisters of Mercy, sometimes Type-O Negative or Rammstein, and occasionally Nine Inch Nails.
His first review was in the August 2003 edition of the popular Spanish language magazine, Musico Pro. The review strongly praises the sexuality of his music & images.
The single "Violated" rose to #8 on the MP3.com Alternative Charts, and was still rising when the site shut down. "Violated" has also been chosen this year to be included on the Amped Conception CD, featuring the best Indie music of 2004.
This summer, Kiki has been the featured artist at the French music site Music75.com, and is currently the featured gothic artist at Hollywoodband.com for July & August of 2004.