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" '7 Years' is, you could say, a song that eats its own children. That we need to get past the song and get to the person and get to the record and get to the music so we can keep releasing. "
" '7 Years' seems to have attracted a lot of age groups - people seem to see their own lives in the song, and it's great to see so many people reacting in that way to it. "
" It's not that I'm trying to write another '7 Years' or a new version of 'Mama Said.' Songs just kind of come out of nowhere, and you need to catch them when they do. "
" The songs were there before the band was there, and it's my songs. And it's like, we're not in the 1950s. We can't call ourselves, like, 'The Revolvers' - it just doesn't work that way. And 'The Lukas Graham Band' just sounded wrong. "
" That's why I can't listen to a whole record of Adele's. She has the most amazing voice, but people must have convinced her they just want to hear love songs. "
" The neighborhood where I live has little canals, and there are a lot of houseboats there. "
" Christiania has a lot of strong, nuclear families. It gave us a sense of empowerment and belonging and richness. We had so much love; we were never in doubt that we were wanted in this world. "
" Seeing my child born is so much more important than anything else I've got going on. "
" I'll probably stay in Copenhagen... I can keep writing songs about my local community and about crime. "
" When we perform music at TV shows, we always try to do something that's not scripted because anything that's a surprise for the audience and the crew and the other performers, it works better on camera and for the people back home, too. "
" I dropped out of law school when I got my record deal. "
" I write instead of going to the shrink! "
" We're like, 'Woah, are we even in that league where we get nominated for a VMA?' And yet our name is right down there among the other nominees. It's very, very strange coming from a country of five and a half million people. "
" The lyrics are the essential part in our songs. "
" 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. "
" I get emotionally spent answering questions about my dead father and my criminal friends and my upbringing in a hippie environment in a marginalized community. "
" We have a big fan base in Australia, but none of us have been before. "
" In the early '90s, my cousin gave me a Snoop Dogg cassette tape, and the rawness of the lyrics were something new to me. "
" We've had to be escorted out of venues, things like that. We get security guards now. "
" My biggest influence is rap. It spoke to me, probably because of my upbringing in Christiania. You listen to 'The Chronic' and you can hear that anger and frustration. "
" When my dad died, my world crumbled. "
" I never want to lose sight of my roots... A lot of artists want the riches and the fame. I want to tell stories you can put into the context of your life. "
" Writing is very cathartic for me. "
" We're surprised, ecstatic, vibrant and exultant about the success of '7 Years.' "
" I find it a very, very powerful thing to be yourself and not to try and be something else and to use that as your biggest shield and your biggest attack in the world - to just be you. "
" I think it's an important thing, if you grew up in a neighbourhood that's different from the rest of the world, to remember what was different about your place and keep that in your heart, because that's what made you. "
" I just thought it would be awesome to become a lawyer, especially being from a neighborhood seeing the police rough up so many people unnecessarily, people who haven't done nothing. Growing up with kids from dysfunctional families and stuff, I just felt that some kind of difference could be done. And now I'm getting to do it with music instead. "
" I grew up with nothing, and I know that I don't need anything to be happy. We were wearing second-hand clothing and eating leftovers, and I was so happy. Five-star hotels and private pick-ups hasn't changed that. "
" Dr. Dre's '2001' album changed modern pop music. "
" If I moved to L.A., I wouldn't move to a ghetto neighborhood. I'd move to some posh, fancy place. "
" We don't take advantage of our position. We keep saying no to free stuff, as we can afford it now. "