breakbeat and techno. He quit school to pursue a sonic education, and
started on a career path that would see him influence the scene that so
clearly touched him in the first place. After his Dad nicked his gear
off him as penance for his non-orthodox scholarly aspirations, K used
his mate Teebee's PC to make tunes for Hopa and Bones' A-Level imprint.
After developing contact with Moving Shadow and Rugged Vinyl, K released
Jazzassins 'Compass' for R&S Records in 1997.
Now based in San Francisco, the breakbeat chameleon is as busy as ever, notching up remixes for Nos, Teebee, Pieter K and John Tejada, and releases on Metaformal, Breakbeat Science, and Thermal Recordings. As well as all this, K found time to set up his own label with Certificate 18 labelmate and fellow Norwegian Teebee in 2000, and things continue to go from strength to strength, with Subtitles on it's 23rd release.
K has also released a track on breakbeat imprint Fat Records, under the guise of Jef Dam. 'Does It Really Matter' was Ministry's Breakbeat Single of the Month in Jan '02 proving the artist's transcendental powers of production:
"Norwegian Kjetil Dale Sagstaad rewrites the script, with two tunes fusing techno atmospherics to booming UK garage basslines [reminiscent] of classic breakbeat house on labels like Warp. Pure class, and a must for future breaks fans. 10/10" Ministry Magazine
2002 signals the release
of K's third album. 'Out Of The blue', due to be released in July, is
hypnotic, groovy, dark and deeply electronic. It's Polar at his very finest,
with a deft touch in every detail of every sound: trademark wintery keys
and synths soaring over the rolling crystalline breaks. It is a departure
from the darkside for K, and lends itself to deep rolling breakbeats of
all persuasions. You know it's Polar, but you don't know how he makes
those sounds cut so deep.