Highasakite band interview: ‘We’re huge fans of Elton John’


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Highasakite are Norwegian indie popsters who play Shoreditch’s Village Underground tonight. Imogen Blake lofted a few questions at tuba player and guitarist Kristoffer Lo:

What can we expect from your third album, Camp Echo?

It’s much more electronic than our previous material. We wanted it to be more electronic from the moment we started working on it and spent much more time on synths and drum machines than we had before.

What inspired you while you were writing it?

We sort of dived in to our 90s background, listening a lot to the music we listened to back then like The Prodigy and more trancy things. There were things going on in the 90s and early 2000, that we all experienced and music we all listened to.

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How is it different to your previous albums?

As mentioned before, it’s much more electronic. There’s a lot of drum programming, and a lot of really cool synths. This affects the sound quite a bit. We were more agreed on how we wanted the album to sound prior to actually recording it, and we spent time working on the music at our producer’s farm before we recorded it.

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You’ve had major success with the last album in Norway, what’s that been like?

It’s been absolutely amazing. People have embraced the last album in such a way that it’s hard to comprehend. People keep showing up to our shows and listening to our music!

But you’re less well known in the UK, how are you trying to boost your recognition here?

We spent much more time in the UK the last year than before. We’ve done some TV shows now and we did a support tour for Of Monsters And Men last year, so hopefully more people will hear about us in the months to come.

Your single, Someone Who’ll Get It, has been played on Spotify close to 3 million times...?

These numbers are so insane! 3 million times. Yes, definitely an amazing feeling. And hopefully people will listen a lot to the new album as well!

How does Spotify and those online platforms help emerging bands?

They have changed the whole music industry. Suddenly our music is available all over the world instantly. And people keep putting songs on their playlists and sharing playlists with friends, which help us reach more people than before.

Some artists shun Spotify, saying it doesn’t pay artists properly for their work. What’s your take on that?

There’s always room for improvement to make it more profitable for everyone, and hopefully further development and establishing of the concept will make it even better.

You’re described as ‘indie pop’ – haven’t we seen the death of that genre? How do you continue making guitar music in an industry that’s not so sympathetic to it at the moment?

These genres are a bit difficult to follow. We try to make the music we like and want to make, without putting it into a specific box. The moment you try making music to follow trends instead of what you like yourself it’s hard to see the honesty in the music.

How did the band get together?

The band started in 2011 and basically started out with Trond and Ingrid, but we were soon a five-piece band. We met each other studying jazz together in different schools in Norway.

What’s the story behind the band name?

It’s taken from the Elton John song “Rocket Man”. We’re huge fans of his!

What’s next for you after this tour?

After the UK/EU Tour, summer festival season starts, that’s always fun. We’re doing some festivals in Norway, as well as Roskilde in Denmark and Latitude Festival in UK; I can’t wait for the summer to begin!

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