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Pål Moddi Knutsen (born February 18, 1987) is a Norwegian musician from the island Senja. Moddi is self-taught, counting accordion and acoustic guitar as his main instruments. His music has been described as a blend of folk music, pop and post-rock. Early years: Pål Moddi Knutsen grew up in a musical family on the island Senja in Northern Norway, playing piano, trumpet, guitar and accordion. 5 years old, he made his debut by singing a traditional sea shanty on the local radio station. When Knutsen was 18, he started writing songs under the name Moddi. His first release, Random Skywriting EP, was recorded in the bedroom studio of a younger friend and distributed in only 19 home-made copies. Knutsen himself was not satisfied with the EP and wanted to get rid of it. In the end however, he was convinced to upload the four songs to NRK Urørt, a Norwegian emerging artists radio show. A week later, Moddi was chosen Urørt artist of the week. The following year saw performances by the young Moddi on festivals like by:Larm and Øyafestivalen, where he received praise from among others the internet magazine Pitchfork. Moddi's official debut Rubato was released in August 2008, as a split vinyl with the artist Einar Stray. Since then, Moddi and Stray have been featuring regularly in each other's bands. Floriography (2010): One of the 19 bedroom demos was sent to Iceland producer Valgeir Sigurðsson, who invited Moddi to record his debut album in Greenhouse Studio in Reykjavík. On the 8th of February 2010, Floriography was released and immedeately hit the Norwegian album top 10. Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten rated the album 5 out 6. In January 2010 Moddi turned down a nomination for an 800,000 NOK grant from by:Larm. The oil and gas company Statoil was the sponsor of the stipend, a connection which was incompatible with the artists' climate engagement. Later in the year, Moddi received the equally large a-ha grant, a stipend given to four Norwegian artists at a-ha's Ending on a High Note Tour. Teaming up with Norwegian label Propeller Recordings, Moddi released Floriography for the international audience in February 2011, earning 9 out of 10 stars at The 405. Moddi toured as support for Angus and Julia Stone on their European tour, and also appeared at festivals such as Reeperbahn Festival, Iceland Airwaves, Green Man Festival, The Great Escape Festival, Eurosonic and Haldernpop. In 2012, Moddi took a year off from music. More than 250 concerts in under two years had made him tired. Set the House on Fire (2013): After a year in self-imposed hiatus, on 3 January 2013 Moddi announced 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. Many of the songs on Set the House on Fire were written in Bø in Telemark, where Moddi studied for a year. The title of the album and the majority of the songs refer to a break with the past, both personally and musically. On Set the House on Fire, Moddi for the first time uses electrical instruments, writes in both English and Norwegian, allows his live band to take part in the songwriting process and sings duets with both Einar Stray and with Kari Kamrud Jahnsen of Farao. The song Silhouette was not supposed to be on the album, but was recorded by the band members while Moddi was sleeping between the recording sessions. Set the House on Fire was released worldwide on 8 March 2013, accompanied by a social media contest to win the release concert, held in the mining village of Banska Stiavnicia in Slovakia. The album was nominated for two Spellemann awards in the categories 'Pop artist of the Year' and 'Composer of the Year'. Kæm va du? (2013): Whilst touring with Set the House on Fire, Moddi recorded another album to be called Kæm va du?. The new album was released on October 11, only half a year after Set the House on Fire. Kæm va du? (meaning 'who were you?') differs from the previous albums in being sung entirely in Norwegian, and with lyrics borrowed from North Norwegian poets like Arvid Hanssen, Helge Stangnes and Ola Bremnes. The songs on Kæm va du? aimed to question the identity of Norway's coastal areas, which have undergone large changes in the last decades. Set the House on Fire and Kæm va du? were nominated for altogether 4 Spellemann awards in 2013, making Moddi the first artist in history to be nominated for two albums in two categories each. Kæm va du? also won the award for 'Folk Album of the Year'. In January 2014 Moddi announced that he would cancel his scheduled concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, thereby joining his voice to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against the occupation of the West Bank.

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