Lukas Graham makes U.S. mark with '7 Years,' Double Door show

 
By Nicole Evatt
Associated Press
Posted4/12/2016 5:55 AM
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  • Lukas Graham -- Mark Falgren, left, Magnus Larsson, Lukas Graham Forchhammer and Kasper Daugaard -- will play a sold-out show at Chicago's Double Door Thursday, April 21.

    Lukas Graham -- Mark Falgren, left, Magnus Larsson, Lukas Graham Forchhammer and Kasper Daugaard -- will play a sold-out show at Chicago's Double Door Thursday, April 21. Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Lukas Graham Forchhammer has an American dream. The Danish singer-songwriter from the pop-soul band Lukas Graham has topped charts in Europe and Australia, but he always hoped to reach audiences in the United States. And now he is with a tour that will play a sold-out show at Chicago's Double Door Thursday, April 21.

"I've always wanted to release records in America. That's where I believe the music belongs and the style and the eclectic musical mix that we put together kind of belongs here," Forchhammer said.

His stateside breakthrough finally came in the form of the soulful "7 Years," which recently catapulted to No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100. Forchhammer said performing the emotional pop ballad during his nearly sold-out North American tour has been immensely satisfying.

"It was never really meant to be a huge success in Denmark because I didn't think people would get the lyrics quick enough." In a recent show in L.A., he said, "I could see how the lyrics resonated immediately. I was blown away."

The band's self-titled, worldwide debut album came out April 1. (It was previously released in Europe.)

Forchhammer credits his upbringing in Copenhagen's diverse hippie enclave Christiania for his eclectic sound.

"Listening to all these different musical genres from all over the world and listening to my father's record collection, the Irish folk influences from home. Of course they're all in there somewhere hiding within the lyrics and melodies. But rap music was the biggest influence on my way of writing and my performing," he said.

Forchhammer is thrilled with his newfound U.S. success, but has no interest in fame.

"If it was up to me, it would be nice not ever to get stopped on the street because we just do music. I didn't do this to become a celebrity," he said while acknowledging his world may soon change.

"We are No. 2 on Billboard. I don't think I can remain anonymous for that much longer. It was fun while it lasted. Very fun."

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