Chicago - GRAMMY Nominee Lukas Graham on GRAMMY U SoundChecks

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  • Photo Credit: Sarah Jansen / The Recording Academy
  • Photo Credit: Sarah Jansen / The Recording Academy

By: Austin Godwin / GRAMMY U Rep (Chicago)

January 17, 2017 - Lukas Graham graced us with an awe-inspiring private performance of songs from their debut album before a sold-out show at the House of Blues Chicago.

The band's hit song "7 Years" earned them three GRAMMY nominations this year: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best Pop/Duo Group Performance.

As their soundcheck wrapped up, we had a few minutes to sit down with Lukas Forchhammer and co-founding bandmates Magnus Larsson and Mark Falgren. In our Q&A, we delved into the rough and tough of the music industry, the politics behind signing with record labels, and the ongoing struggle with musicians and how they’re perceived by the public. Lukas, Magnus and Mark opened up about the start of their band, and how their ‘Criminal Mind’ rehearsal video on YouTube propelled them to early success. All three are originally from Denmark -- where they attended the same high school, but surprisingly did not know each other. They have since relocated to the United States to tour and work on music, but all three still call Denmark home.

The whole band was an absolute delight to meet with and talk to, and the greatest takeaway was that their on-stage personas were truly authentic -- they are real, passionate people striving to make good music and telling a meaningful story. 

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