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Kakkmaddafakka before performing at Open Air, Berlin Festival on 28 August 2010
Background information
OriginBergen, Norway
GenresIndie rock, indie R&B
Years active2004–present
LabelsBubbles, Sounds Gold
MembersAxel Vindenes
Pål Vindenes
Stian Sævig
Sebastian Kittelsen
Kristoffer Wie van der Pas
Lars Helmik Raaheim-Oslen

Kakkmaddafakka is a Norwegian indie rock band formed and based in Bergen. They are known for their high energy live performances and their pioneering use of social media[citation needed].


The band was formed by brothers Axel and Pål Vindenes, together with school friends Jonas Nielsen and Stian Sævig. All classically trained musicians, the band was formed to play a one-off show at a local youth centre, Ungdomshuset 1880, but after positive response the band continued to play many live shows around Norway. In 2006, the band made their first recording and released the EP Already Your Favourite EP which was produced by Matias Tellez and featured the track "OOO".

Kakkmaddafakka released its first LP Down to Earth on 24 September 2007, which reached number twenty on the VG Topp30 Album list[1] and brought the band nationwide attention in their native Norway, despite a largely negative critical response.[2]

The band is one of many artists who emerged from Bergen, which the Norwegian press has called the "New Bergen Wave", as it is reminiscent of the many successful bands that emerged from Bergen in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.[3]

Kakkmaddafakka has performed at numerous festivals including Iceland Airwaves, Montreux Jazz Festival, NXNE, CMJ Music Marathon, Southside Festival, Hurricane Festival, Eurosonic Festival, by:Larm, Area 4 Hove and Melt! Festival in Germany, where they were introduced on stage by prominent Bergen musician and friend Erlend Øye.[4]

Kakkmaddafakka live at Dockville Festival, Germany, 2011

In 2008, Kakkmaddafakka was nominated as Best Norwegian Act in the MTV Europe Music Awards, along with Madcon, Ida Maria, Karpe Diem and eventual winners Erik og Kriss.[5]

Hest (2011)[edit]

On 25 February 2011, Kakkmaddafakka released their second album Hest. The album was produced by Erlend Øye and released on the label Bubbles. The first single taken from the album was "Restless".

Six Months is a Long Time (2013)[edit]

On 28 June 2013, the band released their third album Six Months Is a Long Time. It was again produced by Erlend Øye and released on Universal Music Germany.[6] featuring the singles "Someone New", "Young" and "Forever Alone".

In early 2014, pianist and founder member Jonas Nielsen left the band and was replaced by Sebastian Emin Kittelsen.

2016 & 2017[edit]

The band released their fourth album titled KMF on 18 March 2016. In 2017, after 12 years playing in the band, the guitarist and singer Pål Vindenes started a parallel solo project under the name Pish publishing the two singles Compromised and Crime.[7]



Down to Earth (2007)

  1. Capital Cities
  2. Acid 1
  3. Crazy
  4. Cool
  5. Joker
  6. Office
  7. Next Song
  8. Acid 2
  9. Hello
  10. Melody
  11. Dancing Elephant
  12. Mystical Man
  13. Feeling Okay

Hest (2011)

  1. Restless
  2. Your Girl
  3. Self-Esteem (Wenga)
  4. Make the First Move
  5. Is She
  6. Touching
  7. Heidelberg
  8. Gangsta
  9. Drø Sø

Six Months Is a Long Time (2013)

  1. Young
  2. Someone New
  3. Lie
  4. Forever Alone
  5. Saviour
  6. Bill Clinton
  7. No Song
  8. Female Dyslexic
  9. Never Friends
  10. Gangsta No More
  11. All About You

KMF (2016)

  1. Galapagos
  2. May God
  3. Young You
  4. Change
  5. 30 Days
  6. Fool
  7. No Cure
  8. Language
  9. Lilac
  10. Superwoman
  11. True
  12. Empty Streets

Hus (2017)

  1. Neighbourhood
  2. Boy
  3. Holding Me Back
  4. Save Yourself
  5. All I Want to Hear (ÅÅÅ)
  6. Don Juan
  7. Summer Melancholy
  8. Blue Eyes
  9. Games
  10. Hillside

Diplomacy (2019)

  1. My Name
  2. Runaway Girl
  3. The Rest
  4. Sin
  5. Get Go
  6. Frequency
  7. Moon Man
  8. Naked Blue
  9. This Love

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "Already Your Favourite" (2007)
  • "Your Girl" (2011)
  • "Restless" (2011)
  • "Galapagos" (2015)
  • "Young You" (2016)
  • "Incorruptible" (2018)
  • "Naked Blue" (2018)
  • "Runaway Girl" (2019)

Band members[edit]

Former members
  • Jonas Nielsen - piano, vocals (2004–2014)
Additional musicians (also called Kakkmaddachoir)
  • Martin Sande - backing vocals and dancing
  • Sverre Sande - backing vocals and dancing


  1. ^ "Topp30 Album Norsk uke 40, 2007 - VG-lista. Offisielle hitlister fra og med 1958". Lista.vg.no. 2006-06-01. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  2. ^ Peter Vollset (2007-09-25). "Kakkmaddafakka - Musikk". Dagbladet.no. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  3. ^ "Den nye bølgen? | NRK P3". Nrkp3.no. 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  4. ^ "Melt! Festival @ Ferropolis - Stadt aus Eisen" (in German). Melt-festival.de. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  5. ^ "Kakkmaddafakka MTV-nominert". ba.no. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  6. ^ "Kakkmaddafakka". www.universal-music.de (in German). Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  7. ^ "Pål Vindenes is the new PISH".

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