Who are you and where are you from?
I am Øystein Skar, I’m from Noway and I play keys in the band Highasakite!
Who are your favourite artists from home?
Susanne Sundfør, Andre Bratten, Røyksopp, Todd Terje and many others.
What’s it really like touring?
I enjoy it so much! Seeing new places, eating a lot of great food and beer, hanging out with old friends and new people.. and of course, showing our music to the world. It can’t get any better actually.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Trænafestivalen, on the small island of Træna in northern Norway. Such a special place far out in the ocean. Check it out!
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Fever Ray, Røyksopp, Todd Terje, Cypress Hill and Meshuggah. A festival only for me would be cool.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
Making our new record! Hopefully people will like it… cant wait to start sharing it.
What has been the worst moment of the year?
My cat just died. That was a horrible moment. It was a very special cat, and I am a big animal-lover so that was hard for me.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
I don’t know. Hopefully none!
What do you do to relax?
Meditate, or hang out and drink some beers with good friends.
What are you reading?
These days I’m reading a lot of nerdy music theory books. I’m working a lot in the studio and I’m really into geeky theoretical things now a days. Pretty boring for everyone else…
How about TV, anything good on the box?
I watch a lot of documentaries. Besides that, there’s nothing good on the box.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
Eric Andre & Thundercat – ‘Tron Song’
What website do you visit most? (discounting email etc)
What is your favourite:
Røyksopp – Melody AM
TOTO – ‘Rosanna’
Lost classic song?
The classics don’t get lost!
Who is your favourite current artist?
A new artist that you are most excited about?
A good friend of mine, Odd Martin Skålnes is releasing a album soon. I can’t wait to check it out!
What was the last great gig you have seen?
Adele – a show from New York. On the telly.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Hopefully a nice and special moment with good energy.. something to remember.
Highasakite play Whelan’s, this Sunday, May 22nd, and tickets for the show can be found here.