About Us

Kaizers Orchestra is a six piece, hard-hitting, alternative rock band from Norway. The band draws inspiration from all kinds of musical genres, and their reputation as one of the most exciting and energetic live acts on the planet stands undisputed by those who have seen them unravel on stage. A hard working gang who has had the privilege of spilling blood, sweat and catchy songs on big and small crowds through something like 1000 shows all over Europe the past twelve years, all in norwegian too!

 

The band was founded in the year 2000, right after the members had partied like it was 1999, at a time when people thought the world was going under and stacked canned food in their basement and sealed their windows in fear of computer breakdowns and killer bees from Australia. Kaizers Orchestra absorbed the anxiety and the populations massive fear of the breakdown of civilisations, blended it with the pounding of empty norwegian oilbarrels, and just came blasting out of the cellar sounding like nothing else on the planet. These guys are not guilty for having put the ”b” in subtle, to put it that way, and you may have to have seen the Kaizers live to understand what that actually means. And if you don´t even understand it then, that is fine too.

 

The eight studioalbums the band has produced presents a huge variety of songs, ever changing moods, smooth grooves, disharmonic noises, exhausting gypsy songs, polyrythmic extravaganza, pop-sensations, catchy rock songs, klezmer hip hop, dirty bluestunes and just plain ol beautiful maladies. It’s all in there, man.

So go on, go get the Kaizer-virus while there is still no antidote, it’s more fun that way!

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Janove ”The Jackal” Kaizer
Vocals


The band’s charismatic front man and pin-up potential. Could have had dice and scented objects hanging from his rear-view mirror, but chose to put a bronze flamingo in the garden instead. A man of great visions and strong beliefs, and the one in Kaizers who believes most strongly in Kaizers. Otherwise a warm-blooded fellow with a liking for the good life and expensive cigars. Superstitious by nature, with good technical skills and a keen strategic eye on the soccer field, but would probably have been an astronaut or an astrologist if it hadn’t required mathematical insight and an enormous pair of binoculars – and if there hadn’t been a pump organ for sale in that second-hand store in Bergen that day all those years ago.
Helge ”Omen” Kaizer
Pump organ


An Old Testament-thumpin’ man of few words and simple values. In many ways a clean-cut product of the strict, centuries-old Puritanism, Pietism and Calvinism of Western Norway. Discovered through the Kaizers money-laundering church community, where he was employed as a ”digger”. Has a special preference for the black keys of the claviature, yet his heart still brims with sunshine. Defined the Kaizer dress code with his sharp eye for well-cut suits and his distant, yet intense presence.
Geir “Hellraizer” Kaizer
Guitar


Remains a constant insult to the blues, and probably also large parts of the music business in general, with his anti-jovial guitar-playing and his sarcastic view on the trade. Never thinks far ahead, speaks quietly and is always insulted when asked to speak up. Patient, but rash; pleasant, but sharp; sensitive, but also cold. An ambivalent being with a poker face and, surprisingly enough for a skinny fucker, fair arm-wrestling skills. Perhaps the biggest skeptic in the band, but definitely has his indiscriminate moments. Likes to count birds on wires to pass the time. As if it needs the help.
Øyvind “Thunder” Kaizer
Contrabass


The only guy in the band with a curly head of hair – when he used to have hair, that is. A sturdy farmboy and lumberjack with fine references and a clean pedigree. Never opens a door without going through it, and is generally strong on metaphors. Known, like Rune, for his pleasant disposition and jovial being. Eager networking and convincing performances as a pirate landed him a career in the Italian B-movie industry – and his very own agent as well. A peculiar character, but with a seemingly sincere interest in endurance sports and contemporary music. His voice started shaking when he met the Norwegian biathlonist Halvard Hanevold, but not when he met Slash. Has a weird wife who once made a dress out of ties. Beyond that he is quite temperature-sensitive, especially to heat.
Terje ”Killmaster” Kaizer
Guitar


The band’s blonde and youth alibi. Sensitive guy, wary of turbulence and sub-standard service from waiters at restaurants. Formerly known for missing his mother during the solo of “Kontroll på kontinentet”, but has now turned in a more geopolitical direction and begun fearing the Russians during – why, of course – “Min kvite russer”(or “My White Russian”). According to legend, the Killmaster learned his trade during spontaneous tours with Johnny & The Sexual Problems in the Balkans back in the mid-90s, but lately there has been some speculation that this band was only a freak of the imagination and that the whole story was invented simply to cover up an even darker past. If this darker past was to be revealed, we will do our best to conceal it with an even more far out cover-up story. So stay tuned.
Rune ”Mink” Kaizer
Drums


Highly concerned with self-development, and perhaps especially his administrative qualities. Always puts at least one of his feet in the correct shoe, and usually has both feet firmly placed on the ground. A tactician and a ladies’ man, and in many ways a fox, but when it comes down to it, he is still mostly a mink. Known throughout the congregation for his pleasant disposition and positive view of life; a role model in more areas than just bucket-banging. Extremely interested in coffee and air guns. Shoots best with his left hand – for the obvious reason that he is left-handed. Particularly calm in elevators. His dubious contacts in the underworld back home at Husnes make this man quite unapproachable. Has the best physical stamina in the band, and once came close to rejoining nature during a drive across the mountain plateau of Finnmark.