Few artists have left their mark on local music culture like KitschKrieg. Since connecting in a shared apartment in Berlin-Kreuzberg in 2014, the trio of producers Fiji Kris, Fizzle and the elusive photographer/art director °awhodat°, essentially re-shaped how Germany sounds, looks, feels. Whether it’s their stripped-back sonics drawing from soundsystem culture, grime’s DIY ethos and their hometown’s vibrant electronic music scene; the contrast-heavy, black/white imagery; or their instantly iconic streetwear creations – a true KK piece can be told from afar.
KitschKrieg first started drawing attention through their work with Trettmann. The Leipzig singer’s 2017 debut album #DIY, entirely produced and co-written by KitschKrieg, was an unlikely success. It achieved gold status with no major label backing and won the country’s most prestigious awards.
Following their tested multidisciplinary approach – „laptop, laptop, lens“, as they like to refer to their band’s unusual setup – KitschKrieg released their own eponymous debut album in 2020. The album spawned no less than two #1 singles and has racked up over 300m streams to date. Bringing together influences from dancehall to avant-garde electronics to unapologetic pop, afrobeats to afterhours melancholy, King Tubby’s mixing board wizardry to the Bauhaus school’s minimalism, the album features a diverse range of artists including national treasures Nena, Peter Fox, and Jan Delay, global techno stalwarts Modeselektor, and the Jamaican dancehall icon Vybz Kartel.
Widely seen as Germany’s most extraordinary pop phenomenon in recent times, the trio are set to make an even bigger splash in 2021. With their own sound and their own infrastructure in place, the first slew of international collaborations lined up, and their eyes firmly on the future, expect KitschKrieg to take their unique brand of booming Berlin minimalism to the world in unexpected ways. K-K-K-K-KitschKrieg season soon come.