Kung Fu Vampire
Kung Fu Vampire is an American rapper from San Jose, California and the vocalist of the musical group of the same name. He has toured and/or performed with George Clinton & Funkadelic, Xzibit, Redman and Method Man, E40, 2 Live Crew, Tech N9ne, Dresden Dolls, Thriving Ivory, Medina Lake, Fountains of Wayne, They Might Be Giants, Naughty By Nature, Bushwick Bill, Lyrics Born, Blackalicious, Tha Alkaholiks, Digital Underground, Mars, Esham, Violent Femmes, Kool Keith, Twiztid, KRS-One, Papa Roach, The Pharcyde, Del The Funky Homosapien, Potluck, Phenomenauts, Insolence, The Jacka, Mob Figgaz, Anybody Killa, AP9, Andre Nikatina, Kutt Kalhoun, Krizz Kaliko, D12, King Gordy, Liquid Assassin, Hieroglyphics and more.
Kung Fu Vampire began breakdancing at the age of six, and taught himself how to rap and sing after a few conflicting bouts with drums and bass in school bands. At the age of ten his aunt and mother began taking him to see concerts such as Metallica, Testament, Fear Factory, Nine Inch Nails, The Cult and KFV even went to see The Who and Grateful Dead while in the womb. In 1991 He formed an Alternative Style Hip Hop Band (with influences ranging from N.W.A to The Doors ) called "Loc Style Psychedelix aka LSP" with 3 brothers from his neighborhood. In 1999, he adopted the name "Kung Fu Vampire" during a conversation in which he discussed the idea of a martial arts film featuring vampires. Concepts from an unpublished novel he wrote also formed the basis for the group's stage act and influenced some of the overall beliefs of the group and the artist himself. Some of these concepts include "The Yin and Yang of Fang" and having a genuine affliction for the blood of life and staying timeless.
In 2006, KFV performed at the movie release party for Saw III, as well as at The Playboy Mansion. Also in 2006, the group was voted as the "Best Local Band" by Metro Silicon Valley readers and again in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
In 2010, Kung Fu Vampire was featured in Fangoria Magazine and is considered to be one of the fastest rising outfits in Hip Hop and some consider Kung Fu to be the most successful Independent artist to ever come out of San Jose, CA. Also in 2010 The Vampire joined forces with one of Wicked Hip Hop's more prominent Labels "Mad Insanity Records" formed by Horrorcore legend "Mars". Due to that new found affiliation KFV found himself in the spotlight and on the news representing and defending the "Horrorcore" Sub-Genre after some recent murders that are allegedly linked to minds of the killers/fans of the genre.
Kung Fu Vampire performs a style of Live music fusing Lyrical Hip Hop, Goth, Horrorcore, Glitch Hop and Hardcore Rap. Kung Fu Vampire referred to this style as "Gothic Hip Hop" and "Goth Hop", but later learned that it was also similar to the pre-existing style Horrorcore (with the exception of KFV's implementation of live instruments). Kung Fu Vampire has collaborated with World Champion Beat Boxer and Amercia's Got Talent 2nd Place winner "ButterScotch" as well as X Clan, Eddie Gale, Cougnut, Mars, Z Man, Kid Crusher, Mastamind of Natas, Poe Whoesaine, Dem Hoodstars, Platinum Recording artist Spice 1 and has been compared to The Gravediggaz, Tech N9ne, Necro, Outkast, Del The Funky Homosapien, Bone Thugs and more...
In April of 2010 Kung Fu Vampire returned home after a 2 month tour with Twiztid of Psychopathic Records (the label formed by Insane Clown Posse) and Potluck of Suburban Noize. His new Re-Release of Dead Sexy is being promoted across the globe alongside the official music video for "iCount" which was written and produced by Kung Fu Vampire. Dead Sexy features the hit song "Dead Girl's Don't Say No" which is featured on major motion picture "Mother's Day" with hit movie theaters Across Europe in ate 2010. Dead Sexy has sold over 9,000 copies Independently and is still going strong with virtually Zero promotional dollars.
Shortly after the Slaughterhouse Tour with Twiztd, Kung Fu Vampire was asked to headline his own tour by the promoters and fans across America. KFV answered back by going on the road and headlining the Dead 4 Life Tour with Cohorts Mars and Liquid Assassin(most famous for his affiliation with Strange Music and his guest appearance on Psycho Bitch 2 by Tech N9ne as well as being one half of the group signed to Strange "Grave Plott"). This tour hit 15 cities across the US including A prime stage slot of Friday The 13th (August 2010 @ 1am on The Freak Show Stage) at The Gathering Of The Juggalos. This event attracts 15,000 fans annually and features artists such as Gwar, Slipknot, Tech N9ne, Method Man and Redman, Lil Kim, Tom Greene and many many more wonderful acts. This is one of the highest honors in the world of Hip Hop and Horrorcore and for Kung Fu Vampire. The fans of this event are a unique and family oriented group with a dedicated attitude and love for the groups that they listen to. The Vampire is a loved artist in the Underground community and KFV himself feels a sense of praise to their support of his style of music.
in 2011 Kung Fu Vampire embarked on multiple National Tours, one with Twiztid and 1 with ABK, also played The Gathering of the Juggalos as well as headlining multiple concerts across the US. Kung Fu also found himself supporting groups like Tech N9ne, Dark Lotus and Brotha Lynch Hung.