Get to know: KMF (KAKKMADDAFAKKA)

  1. How did you get your initial start in music?

 

We started off very young, I was 15 and the others were 15-18.  We had some musical lessons as kids so we just made a band and played what we could, really just to impress our friends.  We figured we’d make up for our deficiencies as musicians by making a really big show with horns and dancers and just a lot going on.  It worked, we had 500 people at our first gig and people started talking about this ‘crazy show’.  And word spread.  But we’ve learned a lot since those early days.

 

  1. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

 

Starting so young we didn’t have high hopes, but our main goal was to play at Roskilde Festival.  We all went there many times as soon as we were old enough, and just dreamed of being up on the stage.  Now finally this year it’s happening!  So we should make some new goals.  We hear Glastonbury is like the UK Roskilde?  Maybe that.

 

  1. How long have you been writing your own music?

 

The band formed in 2004, and we always wrote our own songs, so 12 years.  I think it’s easy to see that practice does pay off, and we still feel we improve constantly as songwriters.  We don’t plan on stopping just yet.

 

  1. Who are your top three influences and why?

 

Erlend Øye’s bands Kings of Convenience and The Whitest Boy, have to be in there.  Not just as he produced two of our albums, but as he taught us a lot about song writing and keeping it real.  It’s possible to make your music and not trying to compromise yourself to be popular.

The Beatles were a big early influence on everyone in the band, and we still hold their music on a ‘’God-like level’.  We often listen when on tour drives, and it’s sometimes frustrating when they were so good, but it’s something to aim for.

We were introduced to Beatles through our parents, but the first music we found for ourselves was rap, and we’re still big rap fans.  Dr Dre was coming out with ‘2001’ when we first started listening and it blew us away.  He’s been doing great stuff for 30 years and revolutionised the game many times.  He’d have to be one of our biggest influences.

 

  1. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

 

Well the back story behind the album was quite long.  We’d been doing really well in mainland Europe, especially Germany, and signed with Universal over there for the release of ‘Six Months is a Long Time’.  We felt like we lost some control and took some advice that didn’t feel right, so with this album we got back to basics and tried to concentrated down what we feel we’re best at.  So this is like a pure essence of Kakkmaddafakka, that’s why we called it KMF.  But apart from that we feel it is our best album yet, but you can be the judge of that.

 

  1. You are based in Bergen, what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

 

The Bergen scene is epic, and crazy productive.  We’ve had local bands like Royksopp and Kings of Convenience that went international, and now a new generation came out of nowhere and are at the top of the music world, like Kygo and Aurora.  But the scene is much deeper than that, and there are hundreds of good bands that never make it out of Norway.  It’s great to live in such a musical place.  We generally go to a lot of concerts at the art hall ‘Landmark’, it’s an intimate venue, but always has interesting bookings.

 

  1. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?

 

Wow, there is really too many.  You should try our friends bands’ ‘Great News’, ‘Fjorden Baby’ or ‘Bloody Beach’, just to name a few.  We actually have a playlist on Spotify called ‘sounds Of Scandinavia’ where we put a lot of our favourite local sounds.

 

  1. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

 

You can find us in all the usual places, Facebook, Instagram and we’re on all streaming sites and iTunes.  We have a podcast called ‘Only if You’re Bored’. We’ve also made a lot of Youtube videos going back many years, which could be a good place to get to know us a bit more.  We’re definitely out there.

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