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Kim Ofstad

Kim Ofstad
Born (1969-11-25) 25 November 1969 (age 49)
Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag
GenresJazz, pop music
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
LabelsECM Records Universal Sony Atlantic Warner

Kim Ofstad (born 25 November 1969 in Trondheim, Norway) is a Norwegian drummer. He is best known from collaborations in the pop/soul band D'Sound where he was a member from its inception in 1993 to 2010 and his work with the production team Element.[1]


Ofstad got his first drum kit when he was eight years old, and slightly older joined a brass band. He describes his teens as hybridic, as he felt equally at home in jazz clubs as in discothèques. He is a graduate of Heimdal videregående skole where he got his Examen artium in 1988, and studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, whence he moved to Oslo, the capital of Norway, in 1991. Here he formed D'Sound (1993) together with Jonny Sjo, a fellow student from Boston, he played with Sofian Benzaim. Ofstad contributed for some time in Knut Værnes Trio, and has also recorded an album with Ab und Zu (1996) winning the Smuget award the year after (1997). Together with Audun Kleive he constituted a plain drum duet in 2008.

Ofstad was the drummer and drum-programmer of the production duo ELEMENT with producer/composer Hitesh Ceon, before the team was disbanded in January 2016.[2] Until 2008 the team also included Jonny Sjo and was named 3Elementz. Their productions include the hit singles "Beggin'", "Glow" and "In My Head" with Madcon as well as the album An InCONvenient Truth, they have also produced and written songs for artists like Cee Lo Green, Musiq Soulchild, Alexandra Burke, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross and reproduced two tracks with Michael Jackson for Motown Records.[3]

Grammy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
CeeLo Green The Lady Killer Best Pop Vocal Album Nominated


With the trio Værnes/Ofstad/Berg
With D'Sound
  • 1996: Spice of Life (PolyGram)
  • 1998: Beauty Is a Blessing (PolyGram)
  • 2001: Talkin' Talk (Virgin Records)
  • 2003: Doublehearted (Da Works)
  • 2005: My Today (Edel Records)
  • 2009: Starts and Ends (FarGo Musc)
With Sofian Benzaim
  • 2005: This Is Sofian (C+C Records)
With Eivind Aarset


  1. ^ "D'Sound fra trio til duo". Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Ceon Music".
  3. ^ "ELEMENT". Retrieved 2 October 2013.

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Preceded by
Arild Stav and Lise Voldsdal
Recipient of the Studio musician Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
David Wallumrød
and Torstein Lofthus

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