Released earlier in 2014, the Highasakite’s sophomore album ‘Silent Treatment’ reached No#1 on the Norwegian album charts. Since then the band has toured extensively in Europe, North America and Asia in support of the critically acclaimed album.
Having toured Asia recently, the Nordic Playlist sat down with Highasakite’s Trond Bersu earlier this week to find out who the band’s favourite Nordic artists are, what went down on tour, and what the perfect setting to listen to Highasakite’s music is.
Read the exclusive interview and listen in on the not-to-be-missed playlist HERE.
Highasakite formed when vocalist Ingrid Håvik met drummer Trond Bersu while studying jazz at the Trondheim Jazz Conservatory. Starting as a duo, they soon recruited producer Thomas Dahl to help out on bass and guitar, while also adding Øystein Skar to play synthesizer. Once bonded together, they spent six months working on their debut album. ‘All That Floats Will Rain’ was released in early 2012 by Riot Factory Records in Norway, and the tightly wound, dramatic style of indie rock on display found favor with critics. After the album’s release the band began to play live shows, adding Marte Eberson on synthesizer and Kristoffer Lo on guitar, percussion, flugabone, and tuba to fill out the sound. The band played many prestigious festivals during 2012, including Øya in Norway and Iceland Airwaves. While working on a follow-up album, the band turned to the U.S. market in early 2013 with the release of the In and Out of Weeks EP (which consists of the first five songs from All That Floats Will Rain) on Propeller Records. They added Marte Eberson (synths) and Kristoffer Lo (guitar, flugabone, percussion) to the line-up to flesh out their expansive sound and extend their layered instrumentation.