Sascha Konietzko

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Sascha Konietzko
Sascha Konietzko performing live in 2022
Sascha Konietzko performing live in 2022
Background information
Birth nameSascha Kegel Konietzko
Also known asSascha K, Käpt'n K
Born (1961-06-21) 21 June 1961 (age 62)
Hamburg, West Germany
GenresPunk rock,[1] industrial, industrial rock, industrial metal, EBM, experimental, hardcore techno
OccupationsMusician, record producer
InstrumentsDrums, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, vocals
Years active1972[1]–present
LabelsWax Trax!, Metropolis, KMFDM, Universal

Sascha Kegel Konietzko (born 21 June 1961), also known as Sascha K and Käpt'n K, is a German musician and record producer. He is the founder, frontman and "anchor"[2] of the 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. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. 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. ISBN 9780879305826. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  3. ^ "KMFDM - '84-'86: 20th Anniversary Edition". ReGen Magazine. March 24, 2006. Retrieved June 3, 2009.
  4. ^ "Reviews". Keyboard. 21. GPI Publications: 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.