Hjalmer worked at Jensens Bøfhus for two years: Lived at the beginning of his career for 900 kroner a month

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Hjalmer has several great moments that he considers groundbreaking for his career.

There are the breakthrough concerts at Roskilde Festival and Smukfest in 2019, when he was finally allowed to play at the biggest festivals.

That was when his debut album went platinum, and then there was not least when in the summer of 2018 he first started making money on his music.

“I had a song and an ep that went well, so we had to set up a tour. Now I could get paid 10,000 kroner a month. Hold up, how nice it was, because now I could suddenly pay rent for my music money, “Hjalmer recalls with a big smile.


Hjalmer Larsen, singer and musician, is up to date with a new album - "Everything Gets Better".

Hjalmer Larsen, singer and musician, is up to date with a new album – “Everything Gets Better”.
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The 26-year-old pop singer, who is currently up to date with his new album, ‘Everything Gets Better’, tells how back in the beginning of his career around the debut single, ‘If You Go’ from 2017, he did not earn a penny on his music.

“Before I moved to Copenhagen, I worked for a little over two years at Jensens Bøfhus to be able to afford to have no earnings the first time I lived here (in Copenhagen, ed.),” Says Hjalmer, who was born and raised in Odense.

»It meant that when I came to Copenhagen, I could live on 5,000 kroner including rent per month. And when the rent was paid, there was maybe 900 kroner, I mean. But it was cool, because I was allowed to play music, and then I just ate rye bread and spiced sausage, “he laughs.

Hjalmer goes on to say that when he first heard that he could get 5,000 kroner to play a half-hour concert, he could hardly believe his own ears.


Helmets during a concert in 2017.

Helmets during a concert in 2017.
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»I’m just playing D major on a guitar, haha. It’s a wild experience, but it also makes one very grateful. I still am. I do not understand that I live by this. “

He adds with a laugh:

“I hope it continues, because I have no education to fall back on.”

Hjalmer emphasizes how happy he is to be able to make a living from his hobby.


Hjalmer Larsen, singer and musician, is up to date with a new album, 'Everything gets better'.

Hjalmer Larsen, singer and musician, is up to date with a new album, ‘Everything gets better’.
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“Of course there are days when it is also ‘just’ a job, but when you, for example, have just been on tour with my friends, and people all around are clapping at us, and you also make money on it. that. It’s a crazy feeling and motivates you to just go for it. “

Hjalmer has just released the album ‘Everything gets better’ and can be experienced at a large number of festivals over the summer.

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