Kung Fu Vampire – San Jose, CA | SanJose.com

Kung Fu Vampire In a little over a year, Kung Fu Vampire’s story has taken the kind of twists that gives you actual, undeniable, against-all-odds hope for the music industry. Here’s a guy who’s been in the game for nearly 20 years, and absolutely refused to compromise his style — a horror-edged hybrid of goth and live hip hop — even though his big break seemed elusive. (He used to have to rent out the Cactus Club himself just to put on a show there.) Suddenly last year, he does his first video ever (for “icount”), with Japanese director John Kim. A fan posts the video on a juggalo-related site (juggalos, for those who don’t know, are the insane clown posse of Insane Clown Posse) and all of a sudden KFV is basically adopted by the entire horrorcore faithful. He’s been on three major tours in the last 11 months, two of them with the Psychopathic Records supergroup Twiztid, and has songs on two upcoming horror movies. Whatever you might think of ICP, here’s to juggalos everywhere for finally getting one of the South Bay’s most diehard iconoclasts (whose new album, Love Bites, drops in September) his due.

– Steve Palopoli SanJose.com