MUSIC: KMF - The Feel Good Six Piece Come to Angel
Written by: Violet Myers
Norway is so hot right now… Figuratively.
Move over Hollywood, today is all about sturdy knitted pullovers, smoked fish and brooding noir dramas, we just can’t get enough of the Scandinavians!
With this in mind, it is with great pleasure that we throw open our arms to the feel good Norwegian six piece Kakkmaddafakka (don’t worry we have no idea how to pronounce it either…) Who, on their first visit to the UK since 2010, will be hitting our own Islington Academy this fair month.
We caught up with the boys to talk saunas, Spice Girls and how to make our lives a little more Scandinavian.
You’re getting ready for a gig in Islington, where in North London do you like to go when you’re over here?
“We have no idea. This will be our first show in London, or even the UK since 2010. So we don’t have any favourite places yet. We play so many shows all over Europe so we have many cities, like Berlin or Barcelona, where we have it all worked out. But it’s going to be exciting to explore a new city for us and discover our own places.”
Great band name by the way… How the flip do you pronounce it and what does it translate as?
“Wasn’t it Shakespeare that said ‘what’s in a name?’, turns out quite a lot! We were 15 to 18 years old when we made that word, actually, before we even formed the band.”
“…or something like that. We’ve also heard many different pronunciations over the years! But again, feel free to pronounce it how you like.”
Your new song ‘Young You’ has been called a summer anthem, what’s on your go-to summer playlist?
“Sunshine makes some music come to life. At the moment I’ve been listening to Letta Embulu ‘Normalizo’ and Great News ‘Secrets’, but also our friend from Germany, Roosevelt, made a great summery remix of our track ‘Someone New’. Most of Roosevelt’s own tracks make a good summer soundtrack.”
We hear you love to sauna. What other Norwegian traditions are Londoners missing out on?
“That’s very true. We call ourselves sauna extremists and try to get in there three times a week, with the ice baths also, the works. But I guess in London you don’t get to do the other great Norwegian pastime of walking in the mountains. Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains and we go for long walks as often as possible, or when the weather lets us. It’s great to clear the mind and keep the body moving. We will try the famous Primrose Hill mountain hike when we are over in London.”
When you’re all over here in old Blighty, let’s say you go out dressed as the Spice Girls one night, who dresses as who?
“Haha, that’s pretty easy actually. Axel (guitar) would be Ginger, Sti (bass) would be Scary, Kristoffer (drums) would be Sporty, Emin (piano) would be Posh, and that leaves Baby Spice for me! We also have Helmik on percussion, he could be David Beckham.”
Speaking of the Spice Girls who are your musical guilty pleasures?
“We don’t really believe in guilty pleasures, a pleasure is just a pleasure, no need to put yourself on a guilt trip.”
“…and we’re unashamed fans of Max Martin’s pop output.”
You’re festival regulars, which can we catch you at this year?
“Unfortunately, we won’t be on the UK festival scene this year as the album came a bit late, but if you have a passport then you can find us on my festivals around the world. The most exciting one for us will be Roskilde in Denmark. That was the festival we all went to when we were younger, and it’s sort of like the Glastonbury of Scandinavia. Hopefully, next year you will be able to catch us playing without leaving the UK. We’d love to play Glastonbury!”
Who would be on your dream lineup? Alive or no longer on this mortal coil…
“Something like this: Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Eminem & Dr Dre, Motorhead, Metallica and Prince could headline. Maybe we’d have to pop ourselves in the line-up too, would be great to be part of that night.”
Finally, if you weren’t musicians you would be….?
KMF will be performing at O2 Academy Islington on the 31st of May. Watch the video for ‘Young You’ here.
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