OEB’s 5 SXSW Qs – Highasakite
Hometown: Oslo, Norway
OEB 2013 SXSW Review
Norwegian indie pop band Highasakite may be set up for a great 2013 off the back of their debut record All That Floats Will Rain, currently in limited release throughout Europe. Vocalist Ingrid Helene sent a few words over to OEB this week to dig a little bit further into their progressive sound, crowd sing-a-longs and their excitement for their first trip to the States for SXSW.
Your songs play in between the space of pop music and experimental tones. Is it a conscious effort to be progressive while still remaining catchy?
No, it is not. We are just trying to make music that we like. A lot of the music I listen to is like that, so naturally that is how it turns out. I’m glad you think it is progressive though, I’m always worried that is sounds a bit too mainstream. But what can you do? If you like the sound of it, then mainstream, it is!
I hear “Indian Summer” as one of those quirky singles that could catch on in a mainstream sense if enough ears got a hold of it. Does it feel like there is anything special about that song in particular at shows or from listeners?
Yeah, it’s been fronted as a single, so people often recognize it. They do a little shout and sing-a-long sometimes. I’d rather they didn’t - kills my mojo.
Is this your first time touring the States? What do new US fans have in store for Highasakite in 2013?
This is our very first time touring in the States. We are so excited. I don’t know if we even have any fans in the US, so we are hoping to get some, I guess. We will play as good as ever, constantly evolving.
Have you had a chance to check out the band list for SXSW? Any acts you are looking forward to catching yourself?
I only know that Mikhael Paskalev is going, and I am soooo going to one of his shows. He is so talented, and super nice.