Kim Nowak

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Kim Nowak
Bartosz Waglewski - Kim Nowak - Coke Live Music Festival 2012 (4).jpg
Kim Nowak at Coke Live Music Festival, 2012
Background information
Origin Warsaw, Poland
Genres Rock
Years active 2008-present
Labels Universal Music Poland
Associated acts Fisz, Emade, Tworzywo Sztuczne, Wojciech Waglewski
Members Bartosz Waglewski
Piotr Waglewski
Michał Sobolewski

Kim Nowak is a Polish rock band. It was founded in 2008 by hip-hop artist Bartosz "Fisz" Waglewski, producer Piotr "Emade" Waglewski and Michał Sobolewski.[1]

The band name is a Polish spelling variant of the name of American actress Kim Novak. In an interview with Newsweek, Piotr Waglewski said the band's intention was to refer to the 1960s.[2]


Kim Nowak (2008–2011)[edit]

As Waglewski brothers had been present on the Polish hip-hop music scene for over a decade, they started Kim Nowak in 2008 as a side-project to "fulfill their boyhood dreams of playing this kind of music" and to "pay tribute to groups like Fugazi or Black Keys".[2]

Their debut album, titled Kim Nowak, was recorded in August 2009[1] and released on 14 May 2010 through Universal Music Poland. The single promoting the album, titled "Szczur" ("Rat"), was accompanied by a music video directed by Tomasza Nalewajek and Marcin Nowak.[3][4] The album was nominated for the Polish music award Fryderyk in the Rock Album of the Year category.[5]

On 28 August 2010, the band played at Orange Warsaw Festival. On 2 July 2011, Kim Nowak performed at the Tent Stage at Open'er Festival, alongside artists like Kate Nash, Chapel Club and The Asteroids Galaxy Tour.

Wilk (2011–present)[edit]

Kim Nowak released their second studio album, Wilk (Wolf), on 6 November 2012 through Universal Music Poland. Although the band didn't stop searching for inspiration in the rock music of the 60s, Wilk represents a different music direction than their debut album: garage sounds and screams made more room for compositions with a calm and dark climate, sometimes resembling a soundtrack for a David Lynch or Tarantino film. The album featured guest appearances by Izabela Skrybant Dziewiątkowska of Tercet Egzotyczny and Tomek Duda of Pink Freud.[6] All songs were composed by Kim Nowak, lyrics were written by Bartosz Waglewski and the album was produced by Piotr Waglewski.[6]

In 2012, the band performed at Coke Live Music Festival in Cracow. On 4 July 2013, they played as one of the supports for Arctic Monkeys at the main stage at Open'er Festival in Gdynia.

Musical style[edit]

In an official press statement prior to the release of the debut album Kim Nowak, the band wrote:

The name refers to the 1960s, longing for recording albums live, without production "fireworks". Waglewski brothers, fascinated with hip-hop, were coming back (what's characteristic of the 1990s) to bands with roots in punk and garage music – Bad Brains, Fugazi, Sonic Youth or Morphine. Waglewski's first bands were [playing] punk music. Although they often let their fascinations out, for example on the concerts of their project Tworzywo Sztuczne, it wasn't until recently that they've found a guitarist with similar sentiments and longings. Michał Sobolewski is a connoisseur of the 1960s music, fascinated with dirty, strong sound of guitars on records by Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Ten Years After, or less known Toad and 13th Floor Elevators.[1]

Band members[edit]



Title Album details Peak chart positions
Kim Nowak 8[7]
  • Released: 6 November 2012
  • Label: Universal Music Poland

Awards and nominations[edit]


Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 Kim Nowak Album of the Year - Rock Nominated[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Bracia Waglewscy wracają w punkowym wcieleniu" (in Polish). Archived from the original on 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b Ziębiński, Robert. "Kim Nowak, czyli nowe wcielenie Emade" (in Polish). Newsweek Polska. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  3. ^ "Kim Nowak - Szczur". YouTube. 2010-05-31. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  4. ^ "Znamy tytuł singla Kim Nowak - nowego projektu Fisza i Emade" (in Polish). Archived from the original on 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  5. ^ a b "Nominees and Winners 2011 :: Fryderyk music award". Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  6. ^ a b "Płyta Wilk - Kim Nowak". 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  7. ^ "OLiS - sales for the period 17.05.2010 - 23.05.2010". OLiS. 2010-05-31. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  8. ^ "OLiS - sales for the period 05.11.2012 - 11.11.2012". OLiS. 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 

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