Alan Walker + Highasakite
Norwegian treasures to Kongsberg Jazzfestival
You may identify him by his trademark mask and hoodie, yet behind the mysterious character is the Norwegian artist, DJ and producer Alan Walker. With more than 15 billion audio and video streams worldwide, and almost 40 million followers across social media, it is safe to say that the 21-year old has already put a lasting imprint on the music scene since he first made his mark a few years ago. As his very first album “Different World” is due to be released at the end of 2018, Walker is ready to reach a whole new level in his career.
Born in Northampton, England to a Norwegian mother and British father, Walker moved with his family to Bergen, Norway, at the age of two. Being a true post-millennial child, he grew up surrounded by technology and became fascinated by programming, gaming and graphic design. Inspired by EDM pioneers as well as his natural love for film scores, Walker quickly converged his inspiration and musical influences when he first started to experiment with music production. He shared his creations with the world, making use of the tools of the digital age, with early tracks gaining traction and millions of plays on YouTube and SoundCloud.
Today, Alan Walker is one of the most in-demand and sought-after artists in the scene, and continuously one of the 100 most popular artists on Spotify. He has had an impressive run of more than 500 headliner and festival shows, including Coachella, Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival, Lollapalooza and more. In addition, he has supported global superstars such as Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Kygo. And despite his short career span to date, some of his awards and nominations include 2x Norwegian Grammy, 3x MTV EMA, BRIT Awards, Billboard 21 under 21, and the #17 spot on DJ MAG Top 100.
After an eagerly anticipated wait Highasakite announce their third album ‘Uranium Heart’, set for release via Propeller Recordings, 1st February 2019. Alongside the announcement, the band also release new track ‘Mexico’, featuring singer Ingrid Helene Håvik’s incredible soaring vocal over a signature Highasakite anthemic track.
Uranium Heart is the ‘most Highasakite record’ yet. A process started soon after the touring cycle for Camp Echo, Ingrid explains, “We started to record Uranium Heart early in 2017. The songwriting is a continuous process with some old songs and some brand new. It has been a long process of trying to find songs I am truly happy with, and to write them without trying to fulfil every criteria on how to make a good pop record. The aim was to be able to write without other people’s wishes in the back of my mind and daring to follow your own vision and taste. It’s a hard process when so many people are relating to music as some sort of a commission.”
Having already sold out London’s Omera, Highasakite announce their biggest shows across Europe, including a stop off at London’s Heaven and a staggering 7 date arena tour in home country Norway (including the iconic Spektrum arena in Oslo, capacity: 9000). This is the first glimpse of a new show since the 2017’s ‘Camp Echo’ tour which comprised main stage headlines at Norway’s five biggest festivals; Glastonbury, Latitude (UK), Hurricane (DE), Roskilde (DK) and Field Day (AUS); and sold out venues spanning the UK, US and Australia.
Previous singles from the campaign have already seen an enormous success, ‘Elastic State Of Mind’ has sat for 3 weeks at the top of the Norwegian radio charts and ‘Out Of Order’ achieved Norwegian Top 40 Official Singles Chart (NO), Top 30 Spotify Chart (NO).
New music joins Highasakite’s breakthrough LP ‘Silent Treatment’ (2014) – which broke the record for longest consecutive run in Norwegian chart history with more than two years in the Top 40 – and #1 Charting successor ‘Camp Echo’ (2016). The band’s collective catalogue tallies more than 100 million streams, with Håvik’s alternative approach to pop writing earning multiple Norwegian Grammy Awards and widespread acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, NME, MOJO, The Guardian and Vogue.