Sunday, October 14, 2012


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Sivert Høyem

Sivert Høyem at a concert in Tromsø
Background information
Born22 January 1976 (age 36)
Years active1992—present
Sivert Høyem (born 22 January 1976) is a Norwegian singer, best known as the vocalist of the rock band Madrugada. After the band broke up due to the death of Robert Burås in 2007, he has enjoyed success as a solo artist and is also a member of The Volunteers with whom he released the album Exiles in 2006.



[edit]Early and personal life

Høyem is a son of forestry teacher Asbjørn Høyem and politician Jørun Drevland. He hails from Kleiva in Sortland, and attended Sortland Upper Secondary School before moving to Oslo in 1995. Whilst pursuing a music career he minored in history at theUniversity of Oslo.[1]

[edit]Music career


Høyem rose to fame in the late 1990s when Madrugada made their Norwegian breakthrough with debut album Industrial Silence. The band members included Sivert Høyem (vocals),Frode Jacobsen (bass), and Robert Burås (guitar). After the death of Burås on 12 July 2007, Høyem and Jacobsen decided to finish recording their latest album. The album, entitledMadrugada, was released on 21 January 2008. After the release of the album the band announced they would split after one last tour. They performed their last ever concert on 15 November 2008 at Oslo Spektrum.


He has the last few years had success as a solo artist, releasing the albums Ladies and Gentlemen of the Opposition (2004), Moon Landing (2009) and Long Slow Distance (2011).
He formed his band the Volunteers made up of:
  • Sivert Høyem: Vocals/Guitar/Songwriter
  • Cato Salsa: Guitars/Keyboards
  • Børge Fjordheim: Drums/Shaker/Tambourine
  • Rudi Nikolaisen: Bass (Live)
  • Kalle Gustafson Jerneholm: Bass (On Record)
  • Christer Knutsen: Guitars/Keyboards
He released the album Exiles in 2006 credited to Sivert Høyem & the Volunteers. He toured with his band in May 2007 playing at festivals across Norway. In December 2009 he concluded another tour with his new band. In April 2012 in a radio interview at the "Rock Show" radio program in Greece, he clearly stated that there won't be any other album with the Volunteers.
In September 2010 Sivert Høyem launched the song "Prisoner of the road" in order to raise awareness for NRC, which is this year's recipient of the Norwegian National Telethon.



With the band Madrugada
  • 2004: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Opposition
  • 2009: Moon Landing
  • 2010: Prisoner of the Road
  • 2011: Long Slow Distance
As Sivert Høyem & the Volunteers
  • 2006: Exiles

If I was to expire on a day like this
Then pay no heed at all
Returned again, my secret fire
From confusion trails
To death's own roll call

And you know that I don't know what to do
But I could wait a thousand years or more
Settled in to the point where I...
I don't know what the hell I'm waiting for

It's my time to be waiting
All locked down, chained in the hole
But when my waiting is done
I'm gonna give it a whirl

Again, try to rewire
The connections of your tired machine
Well, you know you've been a liar
A good for nothing two-faced go-between

It's my time to be waiting
All locked down, chained in the hole
But when my waiting is done
I'm gonna give it a whirl

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