The year 2020 was reaching its end as Erkki had this thought:
HiSQ began its journey in early 2021 when composer Erkki Vuokila and singer Bablo met. Their thoughts about music were passionate and quite similar. Bablo also had a record company called Ässä Records. They started to plan the first songs for HiSQ immediately after that. They asked Peter Engberg and Janne Oinas to be the masterminds behind the production. Artwork was given to Markku Mäkelä and videos to Arto Pöllänen. The HiSQ band consists of Finland’s best musicians.
The first EP was published in September 2021. It had five totally different kinds of songs with five featured singers. It has been played on radio stations all over the world and ”Ridin’ the Alimony Pony” (sung by Maria Hanninen) was Song of the Year 2022 on Museboat Live Channel. The biggest success so far has been with an emotional piano ballad ”Flesh and Blood” with Marko Hietala’s stunning vocals published in September 2022. It has been #1 on the Euro Indie Music Chart and the World Indie Music Chart.
HiSQ is the name of this Finnish collective. It was formerly short for Hi Status Quotes but at the moment Hi Status Qualified and maybe later also Hi Status Quirks. It’s mostly about good songs created for the love of music. Our collective and the HiSQ band together try to create something special. The genre is of no importance, only that we are satisfied with what we’ve done. Before going to the studio we usually know who is going to sing the song.
The Quotes’ music is inspired by words heard in tv series or movies. They can be classic lines or just some random words that suddenly make Erkki hear a melody in his head. Erkki is a big Abba fan, so he likes to play with words and how they sound and doesn’t take them too seriously.
Hi Status Qualified is dedicated to especially good music with cool lyrics and great singers.
Sheldon Cooper is one of the greatest characters in the history of television. When he said these words, I finally understood the idea of Hi Status Quotes. This song just appeared from somewhere. But this was the most difficult song to finish. It had many forms before the studio. When the band started to play this version, it was obvious, we had found something special.
Janne’s head behind the mixing table was swinging from left to right like it was living it’s own life. When a pop song works, it has something irrisistible. After we found Hannu Lepola from Rajaton to sing it, we were totally satisfied.