Tuesday, May 5, 2015

{INTERVIEW} highasakite

TIOJ is going into interview overdrive -- we got a chance to talk to Ingrid of Norway's Highasakite before their show TONIGHT at Echostage!! Headed to the show tonight and/or love Scandinavia as much as we do?? Read on below!!

Listen while you read:

Tell us about yourself! How long have you been making music? 
I started to write music when I was 19. I was very shy about it and had no self esteem, so I didn't want to play any of my own songs until five years later, when I was finished with studying jazz music at the conservatory -- that's when Trond and I started Highasakite.

photo by tonje thilesen

How would you describe your music to someone who's never heard it before? 
Whenever I'm traveling to other countries and the security check guy asks me what I'm doing there and what kind of music we play, I answer, "Pop music."

Why did you decide to call yourselves Highasakite? 
At the time when we started the band and needed a name, I was listening to "Rocket Man" by Elton John on repeat. I took it from those lyrics.

What inspires your music? 
Everything. Tons of artists like Bon Iver, Fever Ray, Diamanda Galas, and Stevie Nicks. Movies like Melancholia, The Road, The Straight Story, and Another Earth. Poets like Philip Larkin, Pablo Neruda and Richard Brautignan.

Read ahead for some tour necessities and thoughts on why Scandinavian music is just so lovely.

Music coming out of Scandinavia is always so wonderful -- any theories on why that region of the world puts out some of the best music ever? 
I believe that it has something to do with our living standards. That we have a lot opertunities to apply for funding -- that gives us the money and time to work on music.

You guys are about to go on tour with Of Monsters and Men -- AMAZING! What are you looking forward to most on this tour? 
Playing. I cant wait to play our songs in front of so many people, night after night, so far away from home. It's the best feeling in the world.

Do you notice any major differences in audiences between playing shows at home in Norway and playing them abroad? Similarities?
Not really. I'm suprised to see that everyone is so alike everywhere.

What item do you HAVE to have while you're on tour? 
No item, I just need clothes to work out in. I hate feeling unhealthy and gross, so on long tours that is a necessity.

If you could collaborate with any musician, dead or alive, who would it be? 
So many!! I think maybe it would be Album Harris.

What artist have you been listening to that we need to add to our iPods right now? 
The Knife - "Shaking the Habitual."

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us!! If you're seeing Highasakite with Of Monsters and Men tonight, JEALOUS. Have a blast!

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