Moddi, his full name being Pål Moddi Knutsen is a Norwegian musician from the island Senja. Moddi is self-taught, counting accordion and the acoustic guitar as his main instruments.
1 Early years (2006-2009),
2 Floriography (2010),
3 Set the House on Fire and Kæm va du? (2013),
4.2 Live albums,
6 External links,
Early years (2006-2009):
Pål Moddi Knutsen made his debut as an artist on the local radio station at the age of five. Being raised in a musical family (the father on drums and mother playing the accordion) he became known for his creative approach to music, perhaps chiefly though the multilingual performance/avant garde collective Paraboles Volantes. While on tour with "The Flying Parabolas" he was invited by then 16-year-old producer Jo Dybvik to record a demo in his newly built home studio. The demo, containing amongst others the songs Rubbles and Magpie Eggs, made its way onto national radio and was listed on NRK P3 for many months.
His debut-EP Rubato was released on Playground Music in August 2008. The EP was a split vinyl with Einar Stray. Moddi received good critiques from the internet magazine Pitchfork for his concert at the Norwegian music festival Øyafestivalen in 2008.
In the fall of 2009 Moddi recorded his first studio album Floriography in Greenhouse Studio in Reykjavík. The album was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson. It was released on February 8, 2010 on Impeller Recordings. The album received very good reviews, such as the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten rating it 5 out 6. Floriography was also nominated for two Norwegian Grammies (Spellemannsprisen) for best male artist and newcomer of the year.
In January 2010 Moddi turned down the offer of a nomination to a stipend of 800,000 NOK from By:Larm. The reason for the rejection was that StatoilHydro was the sponsor of the stipend, which was incompatible with the artists' climate engagement. Moddi was later that year one of the four artists who received a grant from A-ha before their tour Ending on a High Note Tour. The stipend was 1 million NOK.
Pursuing an international career, Moddi released Floriography for the international audience in February 2012, earning 9 out of 10 stars at The 405. Moddi toured together with the Australian folk duo Angus and Julia Stone and played amongst others the Reeperbahn Festival, Green Man Festival, Haldernpop, Iceland Airwaves, End of the Road Festival and Trænafestivalen before taking a break from touring in 2012 to focus on writing new songs. He spent a year in Telemark where he put up a temporary studio in an abandoned common shower at the local student dormitory.
Set the House on Fire and Kæm va du? (2013):
On 3 January 2013, Moddi announced via his Soundcloud page that the new album called Set The House On Fire was ready for release and presented the first single from the album, House By The Sea, with a release date of 11 January.Set the House on Fire was released worldwide on Propeller Recordings 8 March 2013, again to very good reviews from the press. Moddi sold out St. Pancras Old Church in London. Moddi again visited the UK to play The Great Escape Festival in Brighton in May 2013.
Moddi toured with Set the House on Fire before releasing his most recent album on the 11 October 2013, an album entirely sung in Norwegian named Kæm va du?.