Based in Bastrop, TX
Founded in 2019
"...although Kiddoo's now on the soul-pop-rock tip, his bohemian yet boisterous demeanor is just as engaging as before."
Jack Anderson, KUTX
Toss a single by the dearly departed Prince into a blender, along with a funky refrain from Jamiroqui and the smoothie you'd be grooving to afterward would sound a lot like "What If," which is Mike Kiddoo's latest single."
Travis Erwin, LA on Lock Blogger
Austin, TX-based, Mike Kiddoo, brought a new voice to the pop conversation when he emerged in June 2019. After almost a decade as an Austin shock rocker, Kiddoo was ready to refine his over-the-top act, taking influence from modern chameleons like Beck and David Bowie.
Kiddoo began recording his first song with producer Justin Mauriello (former Zebrahead frontman) in June 2018. The two had become friends at a cafe in East Austin that Kiddoo worked at. He released "Rabbit Hole" in June 2019, marking the start of his musical shift. The song married his love of 90's alt-rock and 70's soul with Mauriello's electro-pop production.
"Rabbit Hole" was written, recorded, and mixed - almost exclusively - in bedrooms and coffee shops across Austin. Once he found the magic of this approach, Kiddoo kept his DIY methods going, releasing over a dozen singles since then. In November 2021, he released "Movin On," the first single off his soon-to-be first full length record. The song infuses a new country twang into his pop sound, reflecting his time living and recording on a horse farm in rural Bastrop, Texas during the pandemic.
Between writing collaborations with Culture Wars, Lena Luca, and I Hate Kate and his first full-length record set to drop in the spring, Kiddoo is setting the stage for an eventful 2022.