Since the launch of their self-titled debut album on Copenhagen Records in 2012, Lukas Graham has become one of the most successful acts in Denmark. Their early home success quickly translated to the rest of Europe and in 2013 they were co-signed to Warner Bros. Records. The band’s first singles, Mama Said and 7 Years, were released worldwide with the latter topping various international charts. They are now touring the world to promote their second album, Lukas Graham (Blue Album), which was released last year.
On stage, Frank Grønbæk is using DPA microphones to amplify the other members of the band – Mark Falgren on drums, Magnus Larsson on bass and Kasper Daugaard/Morten Ristorp on keyboards. There is also a horn section consisting of saxophone, trombone and trumpet.
“I’ve got d:dicate™ 2011C microphones
on the top snare and high hat, d:dicate™ 4011 microphones
as overheads and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones
on the bottom snare, toms and horns,” Grønbæk explains. “This tour is the first time I’ve used d:vote™ Instrument Microphones and we’re having great success with them. Their strength lies in the fact that they deliver clear, detailed sound. With these mics being so tiny, you can get really close to the instrument’s sound source, which means there is very little bleed. What you have is virtually transparent audio that is much easier to control in the mix. It is certainly much better than any other microphone set up I have used in the past.”
Grønbæk adds that the small size of the d:vote™ Instrument Microphones has another advantage – they are much better for TV and broadcast work.
”I know this isn’t relevant to live productions, but when you are doing TV it is nice to have such a tiny microphone that doesn’t draw attention to itself through LED or sim lights,” he says.
Grønbæk has been a sound engineer since 2000 and has worked with many artists including famous Danish artists like Lis Soerensen, Hej Matematik, Anne Linnet and Sanne Salomonsen. He first came into contact with DPA microphones when he was studying at the Rythmic Conservatorium in Copenhagen and now uses the company’s products on most of his tours.
Lukas Graham is currently in Denmark preparing for various concerts over the summer. In November, the band will be heading to the USA before moving on to Australia and Japan in the New Year. To see Lukas Graham playing live using DPA Microphones, please follow these links:
Lukas Graham - 7 Years - The Ellen Show
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