Kid Acne is an artist, illustrator and hip-hop musician. He was born in Lilongwe, Malawi in 1978.
He grew up in Lutterworth, Leicestershire and currently lives and works in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. He spent his formative years painting graffiti, creating fanzines and making limited run records on his own Invisible Spies imprint. Nowadays, his artwork can been seen throughout the world - both inside and outside of galleries. His signature style has adorned products for leading brands such as Prada, Kenzo, Elle, Kid Robot, Brompton and Warp Records, while the man himself continues to paint epic slogans in sub-zero temperatures. And he still has acne.
Kid Acne has released a number of records sporadically over the years.
His first release was in 1997 under the name 'Mongrels' alongside DJ Benjamin on their own DIY label, C U Next Tuesday.
In 2000 they changed the label name to Invisible Spies before Acne issued his first solo 7" single, 'Squirrel Hunters' as the prelude to his debut LP, 'Rap Traffic' (2001).
Kid Acne's 2nd album, 'Council Pop' (Invisible Spies) was released in late 2003 preceded by a 12" of the track 'Radio Music', which lead to a series of triumphant UK and European tours.
Both 'Rap Traffic' and 'Council Pop' were produced by UK graffiti stalwart and nocturnal beat constructor, Req One.
2007 saw the release of Kid Acne's 3rd LP, 'Romance Ain't Dead', this time on Lex Records / EMI. Beats once again programmed by Req One, with production handled by Ross Orton.
Mastered and cut by Rob Gordon.
The album has been praised with significant critical acclaim and was released internationally in 2008.
The lead single, 'Eddy Fresh' was released in Autumn 2007, complete with Gescom Remix and promo video directed by fellow artist, Dscreet.
Acne's live show consists of (DJ) Benjamin, (Hype Man) Clev Cleverley and (human beatbox) Chase Rockwell.
Together, they have toured the UK and Europe supporting acts such as: El-P, Black Lips, Flying Lotus, Anti Pop Consortium, Prince Po, People Under The Stairs, Quannum Projects, Jeru The Damaja, Lethal Bizzle, Atmosphere, James Pants, Long Blondes, DJ Food, Herbalizer, Lady Sovereign, Yo Majesty, Jneiro Jarel, Jehst, Black Twang, Estelle, Goldie Lookin Chain, Scroobius Pip, Pitman and Coldcut.