She from a musical family, her father is a church organist and her brother Emil is the vocalist and guitarist for Serena Maneesh, and her sister Hilma is the bassist for the same band. Her brother Ivar is lead singer of the Norwegian punk band Silver. In 1998, Nikolaisen with her brother Emil fronted the independent band Royal. The band released one album titled My Dear on Soulscape Records and distributed through Tooth and Nail Records. While she's from a very religious family, Nikolaisen rejected her Christian beliefs at the age of eighteen. Some of her lyrics reflect the impact of this change on her life.
Quiet Exit was produced by Turbonegro/Euroboys guitarist Knut Schreiner, enlisting fellow Euroboys guitarist Trond Mjøen to accompany on electric/acoustic guitars, as well as Tom Rudi Torjussen on drums/percussion and Ole Kristian Wetten on bass.