Sascha Konietzko

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Sascha Konietzko
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Sascha Konietzko performing live in 2009
Background information
Birth name Sascha Kegel Konietzko
Also known as Sascha K, Käpt'n K
Born (1961-06-21) 21 June 1961 (age 56)
Origin Hamburg, Germany
Genres Punk rock,[1] industrial, industrial rock, industrial metal, EBM, experimental, hardcore techno
Occupation(s) Musician, producer
Instruments Drums, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, vocals
Years active 1972[1]–present
Labels Wax Trax!, Metropolis, KMFDM, Universal
Associated acts Missing Foundations, KMFDM, MDFMK, Excessive Force, Schwein, KGC, OK•ZTEIN•OK

Sascha Konietzko (born 21 June 1961), also known as Sascha K and Käpt'n K, is a German musician and producer. He is the founder, frontman, and "anchor"[2] of industrial band KMFDM. Konietzko jokingly purports himself to be the father of industrial rock.[3] Keyboard Magazine wrote of him, "You won't find a more imaginative or effective keyboardist on the hard-core scene."[4]


Konietzko is best known for his role as frontman of KMFDM. Having founded the group as a performance art project in 1984, he is the only member of KMFDM to appear on every release, and the only founding member still in the band. His main instruments are keyboards and drums, although he is also proficient at playing guitar and bass guitar.

Side projects[edit]

Konietzko has formed a number of side-projects:


He has re-mixed acts including: Metallica, Megadeth, White Zombie, Rammstein, Love & Rockets, Kittie, Die Krupps, Flotsam & Jetsam, Living Colour, Mindless Self Indulgence, Combichrist, Young Gods, and Pig.

Personal life[edit]

Sascha Konietzko lived in the United States from 1991[5] to 2007, dividing his time among Chicago, New York City, and Seattle before moving back to his hometown of Hamburg, Germany. Konietzko and Lucia Cifarelli married in 2005.[6]


  1. ^ a b Olsen, Eric (October 5, 2003). "KMFDM". Blog Critics. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ Rule, Greg (1999). "Mini-interviews with Seven Superstars: 4: KMFDM". Electro shock!: groundbreakers of synth music. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 211. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ "KMFDM - '84-'86: 20th Anniversary Edition". ReGen Magazine. March 24, 2006. Retrieved June 3, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Reviews". Keyboard. GPI Publications. 21: 120. 1995. 
  5. ^ McCarthy, Jackie (April 4, 1999). "Guns n Records". Seattle Weekly. Seattle Weekly, LLC. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ Yücel, Ilker (September 8, 2007). "KMFDM: The Days of Being Wild". ReGen Magazine. Archived from the original on August 11, 2009. Retrieved September 21, 2010.