SXSW Feature Series Part IV: Highasakite
Highasakite is a Norwegian Indie Pop band. We REALLY dig their "endless sound oscillating between density and spaciousness". That's a really good description of their sound! They are definitely doing something right because they are getting quite a few synchs too - in their native Norway, as well as Ireland and elsewhere. The Oslo-residing band members are as follows: Ingrid Helene Håvik, Trond Bersu, Øystein Skar, Marte Eberso, and Kristoffer Lo (see instrumentation breakdown below).
Their (very professionally produced and super-cool) YouTube videos alone are getting tens of thousands of views each.
Their new album "Silent Treatment" is due for worldwide release April 7th on Propeller Recordings. "Silent Treatment" is filled with a "radical texture and startling immediacy." And "Ingrid Helene Håvik’s idiosyncratic vocals perfectly joins the albums eccentricity and accessibility."
Highasakite are currently touring the U.S. (March) and in April will be embarking on a UK/EU tour.
Read more about Highasakite on their About page of their site.
We believe this band is going to do some really great things and we're proud to shine the light on them a little bit. We wish them the best of luck at SXSW!
Check out what Øystein Skar had to say below about music supervision and licensing.
Ingrid Helene Håvik – zither, steeldrum and vocals
Trond Bersu - drums
Øystein Skar - synths
Marte Eberso - synths
Kristoffer Lo - guitar and flugabone
Their Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highasakite
How do you feel about the business of music licensing (film, tv, video games)?
For musicians, to have their music placed in films, tv-shows, games, etc is a great way to reach big audiences worldwide. But the world is full of great music and musicians and the process of licensing is very complicated. Luckily for us in Highasakite, we have a great team working with us on these things.
How do you feel about bands as composers? (Will Butler & Own Pallett’s Her score was mentioned as a reference)
I think that is very cool.
Has your music been synched to picture?
Yes, it has been used quite extensively in Norway for tv-programs and made-for-tv movies. Spotify has also used it for some commercials in Ireland. We're only now starting to work on international sync placements.
What’s your favorite music supervision moment?
"Twin peaks" - Angelo Badalamenti