Lukas Graham on New Album 'three,' Not Trying to 'Duplicate the Success' of '7 Years' & Why 'We Need' Political Songs

Lukas Graham on New Album 'three,' Not Trying to 'Duplicate the Success' of '7 Years' & Why 'We Need' Political Songs


Rather a lot has modified for Lukas Forchhammer between the 2015 launch of his band Lukas Graham's self-titled U.S. breakthrough album and the discharge of their brand-new third album three on Oct. 26. The Danish singer/songwriter's two largest achievements over these three years had been the runaway success of the worldwide hit single "7 Years," which peaked at No. 2 on the Streets Talkin Hot 100 in 2016, and the delivery of his first daughter that very same 12 months. But he made sure that these main life modifications didn't change his instincts as a musician.

"Before, we used to form of step on prime of previous success to construct ourselves larger," Forchhammer tells Streets Talkin's Pop Shop Podcast (pay attention under). "This time, we determined to look away from '7 Years' and determine we had been ranging from zero, as a result of the dimensions of '7 Years' doesn't actually correspond with the dimensions of our Blue Album [2015's Lukas Graham]. '7 Years' was the third or fourth largest music on this planet of 2016, and that could be a large feat coming from our tiny little nation. So I believe it was about not attempting to duplicate the success, like not attempting to do a follow-up of '7 Years,' however simply attempting to do the subsequent chapter within the story of who we’re."

There are some classes Forchhammer took away from "7 Years," nevertheless, like how instrumentation can actually affect the temper of a music. Forchhammer recalled how three's lead single, "Love Someone," started as a melancholic piano ballad in regards to the terrifying prospect of dropping somebody you’re keen on and as a substitute took an upbeat flip because of swapping out the keys for strummy guitars and searching on the lyrics by a brand new lens. "It was just a little slower and it was virtually unhappy, and the purpose with 'Love Someone' is to not be unhappy," he says. "That's my largest remorse with '7 Years': People suppose it's a tragic music. It's not! It's an empowering music. It's supposed to provide you hopes and desires and ambitions on your life, not suppose it's over earlier than it began. The identical factor with 'Love Someone': I would like folks to really feel empowered by the worry of dropping … that since you're so afraid of dropping, you're gonna win. You're gonna do every part you possibly can to win. Take worry and put it behind you."

Another standout lower on three is "You're Not the Only One (Redemption Song)," which Forchhammer co-wrote with a bunch that included Dan Wilson (former lead singer of Semisonic, producer to Adele and others, and former Pop Shop visitor) and Amy Wadge (co-writer on Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" and extra). The political empowerment anthem contains lyrics like "The time is at all times proper to do what's proper" and was impressed by the present echo chamber of discourse, the place nobody is actually listening to one another.

"To me, it was necessary to write down a music in regards to the conversations we're not having," he says. "Because persons are simply yelling at one another now within the political spectrum. No one's speaking. It's all pointing fingers and yelling and getting offended, and I miss the times of constructive dialog, you already know? When you sit down, you discuss opinions and also you hear another person's opinion. It's like everybody needs to listen to themselves converse now, nobody needs to pay attention. And it goes each methods. I'm not pointing fingers in any specific path proper now. Everybody's personal identify is a very powerful phrase of their life and all people needs to listen to themselves converse greater than they wanna hear others converse, and till we alter that fundamental notion in dialog, I don't suppose we're getting very far."

A dialog with Wilson in regards to the basic political songs of John Lennon and Bob Marley (therefore the "Redemption Song" title shout-out) prompted the concept. "We began speaking about politics and oh, we’d like these songs, and we talked about who did he like when he grew up and who do I like, and he was like, 'Let's write a political ballad. And if it's unhealthy, we'll not launch it. At least we've tried to do one thing totally different, you already know?' And we couldn't really end the music."

That's the place Wadge got here in. Forchhammer was initially working with the songwriter on a possible bridge for the three music "Lullaby," however she ended up bringing dwelling "You're Not the Only One" as a substitute. "As she opened her mouth and began singing the melody for that bridge, I used to be like, 'Oh my God, that is precisely it,'" he remembers, including of each Wilson and Wadge: "Very humble folks, by the best way, perhaps probably the most humble folks I've met in music to date, very good folks."

Just as 2015's Lukas Graham was dubbed "the Blue Album," the brand new venture is named the Purple Album — an ideal tribute to his now-2-year-old daughter with the violet-adjacent identify Viola.

"The Blue Album was lots about my father passing away and me having doubts about kids and future and household, the place the Purple Album — as a result of Viola, my daughter, violet, Viola, purple — the Purple Album is lots in regards to the household love emotions … the entire nervousness half about being a dad." Of course, there's the euphoria of parenthood too, says Forchhammer, who initially appeared on the Pop Shop Podcast in 2016, proper on the peak of "7 Years" mania. "Any new mother or father is totally dumbfounded by the strain of being a mother or father, but additionally the fun of being a mother or father and having just a little copy of your self operating round and imitating you," he says. "I imply, yeah, full way of life modifications, much less events, just a little extra early mornings and, yeah, I turned 30 since we spoke the final time, and I don't know what the fuss is about. I believe 30 is nice. 30 feels superb."

Also on the present, we chat about Ariana Grande being named Streets Talkin's 2018 Woman of the Year and scoring her very first Streets Talkin Hot 100 No. 1 music with "thank u, subsequent," plus chart strikes for Metro Boomin and Queen and information about Kanye West's delayed Yandhi album and the wildfires ravaging California.

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