Lukas Graham stopped by earlier this week to perform a few songs, talk about their upcoming album, reaching 100 million streams on Spotify, and more.
Last week the band – which consists of Lukas Graham and his boys — Mark Falgren on drums, Kasper Daugaard on keys, and Magnus Larsson on bass – announced they’ll be releasing their debut self-titled album March 25th via Warner Bros. Records. “Three of the songs from our original first album in 2012 made it on to our American release. Everything else is material we made for our 2nd album,” says Graham.
When asked about the album artwork, Graham says “There’s a painting hanging in what is presumably a museum. The painting is actually an original painting from a cafe where my mom and dad used to take us for fancy dinners when I was a kid. The reason why this painting is hanging in this golden frame is I thought it was a fancy restaurant when I was a kid, and it was only after growing up that I realized it’s just a regular cafe.”
Lukas Graham first hit the KROQ airwaves back in November 2015 with the single “7 Years,” a song that recently reached 100 million streams on Spotify. The track intially blew up in Europe, in particular Denmark, where the band is from.
“That’s the beauty about Spotify and streaming and all these different platforms that are going now. It’s not just record stores selling records. When people start streaming a song like ‘7 Years’ a lot, then it translates into other territories via the worldwide chart or whatever. We’re definitely being helped along by this more open music market that people from different countries can share and engage each other in listening to music.”
“I think we’ve always been gauging our success through audience sizes. You can see artists who are streaming a lot or selling a lot that aren’t having a lot of impact on a live scale. Definitely when we start seeing shows being sold out in America then we’ll be feeling success.”
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