Morten Ristorp

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Picture of Morten Ristorp Jensen in sunglasses taken outside in LA.
Morten Ristorp Jensen in LA

Morten Ristorp Jensen (born 3 April 1986), known professionally as "Rissi", is a Danish producer, composer, songwriter and musician, as well as co-founder and previous member of Future Animals.

Personal life[edit]

Morten Ristorp Jensen was born in 1986 at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark. He grew up in Tårnby (Amager) with his parents and two older siblings. He attended Løjtegårdsskolen (elementary school) and graduated in 2002 and went to Sankt Annæ Gymnasium on its special Basic Music Program (MGK). When he was not attending school, he played saxophone in The Tivoli Boys Guard from 1997 to 2002. After graduating from Sankt Annæ Gymnasium in 2006, he was accepted at Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen in 2007. In 2010 he graduated with a BA in music from Rhythmic Music Conservatory on saxophone.


Morten Ristorp is co-producer of BackBone Studio and Future Animals, songwriter and musician.[1] He is best known for international hits like "7 Years" (2015) by Lukas Graham. He also works with artists such as Kygo, Julia Michaels among others.

Besides being one of Lukas Graham's executive producers, he also temporarily played keyboard for the band from 2011 to 2012 due to the previous pianist, Anders Kirk, leaving. Ristorp filled the role until Kasper Daugaard joined the band.[2] When Duagaard left in June 2016, Ristorp took the role of keyboardist again.

He won his first Award, Carl Prisen, in 2013[3] as Talent of the Year with Lukas Graham (the band) alongside his co-songwriters Stefan Forrest, Sebastian Fogh and Lukas Forchhammer.[3]

Morten Ristorp was the third most-played Danish musician in 2015.[4] In 2018 he was a producer on Lukas Graham's new album, including the single Love Someone.[5] In 2020 he produced the some “Lose Somebody” by Kygo & OneRepublic that reached the Billboard Magazine music charts.[6] His music has appeared in major motion pictures including 2018's Fifty Shades Freed, and television series including The Greatest Dancer, The Reunion, and The Voice.[7]


Year Artist Album Song Role
2012 Lukas Graham Lukas Graham "Ordinary Things" Producer (BackBone)
"Nice Guy" Producer (BackBone), songwriter
"Drunk in the Morning"
"When You're with Me (Interlude)"
"Apologize" Producer (BackBone)
"Criminal Mind" Producer (BackBone), songwriter
"Don't Hurt Me This Way"
"Moving Alone" Producer (BackBone)
"Oohhh (Interlude)"
"Never Let Me Down"
"Before The Morning Sun"
"Better Than Yourself (Criminal Mind Pt 2)" Executive producer (BackBone)
2015 TopGunn Ingen Andre "Veninder" Producer (FutureAnimals), songwriter[8]
Lukas Graham Lukas Graham (Blue Album) "7 Years" Producer (FutureAnimals), songwriter
"Take the World by Storm"
"Mama Said"
"Happy Home"
"When I Woke Up… (Interlude)" Songwriter
"Don't You Worry 'Bout Me" Producer (FutureAnimals), songwriter
"What Happened to Perfect"
"Strip No More"
"You're Not There"
Patrick Dorgan Painkillers "Painkillers" Producer (FutureAnimals), composer[9]
"On The Way Down"
"Bitter" Producer (FutureAnimals)[9]
"I Would If I Could"
"Risky Business" Producer (FutureAnimals), composer[9]
"Hollywood" Producer (FutureAnimals)[9]
"Lullaby" Producer (FutureAnimals), composer[9]
"Amy" Producer (FutureAnimals)[9]
2017 Future Animals Ask For It "Ask For It" Producer (FutureAnimals), songwriter
Lukas Graham My Little Pony: The Movie "Off to See the World"
2018 Julia Michaels Fifty Shades Freed "Heaven"
Patrick Dorgan Coming Home "Coming Home"
Lukas Graham 3 (The Purple Album) "Love Someone" Producer/Songwriter
"Lullaby" Producer/Songwriter[10]
"You're Not the Only One (Redemption Song)" Producer/Songwriter[11]
"Not a Damn Thing Changed" Producer/Songwriter[12]
"Promise" Producer/Songwriter[13]
"Stick Around" Producer/Songwriter
"Unhappy" Producer/Songwriter
"Everything That Isn't Me" Producer/Songwriter
"Hold My Hand" Producer/Songwriter
"Say Yes (Church Ballad)" Producer/Songwriter
2020 Kygo and OneRepublic Golden Hour "Lose Somebody" Producer/Songwriter[14]
2020 Little Mix Confetti "Sweet Melody" Producer/Songwriter[15]
2021 JoJo TBA "Creature of Habit" Producer/Songwriter
2022 Beyoncé Renaissance "Cuff It" Producer/Songwriter

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2012 Danish Music Awards New Danish Name of the Year Lukas Graham Won
Audience Prize of the Year Nominated
Band of the Year Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Newcomer of the Year Nominated
Songwriter of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Album Lukas Graham Nominated
2013 Carl Prisen Talent of the year Lukas Graham Won
2015 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Danish Act Lukas Graham Won
Best European Act Nominated
2016 MTV Video Music Awards Best New Artist Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best New Act Nominated
Best Push Act Nominated
Best Danish Act Nominated
Best Song "7 Years" Nominated
BBC Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated
LOS40 Music Awards International New Artist of the Year Themselves Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Song "7 Years" Nominated
Carl Prisen Composer of the Year – pop Lukas Graham Won
Song of the Year "7 Years" Won
2017 Grammy Awards Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Lyrics Nominated
Best New Pop Artist Lukas Graham Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Best New Artist Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top New Artist Nominated
ASCAP Pop Awards Winning Song "7 Years" Won
2020 BMI Pop Awards Winning Song "Love Someone" Won
2022 BMI Pop Awards Winning Song "Lose Somebody" Won

Nominated by Danish Music Awards (DMA) as Danish Songwriter of the Year – Koda-Prisen in 2015 for Lukas Graham (Blue Album).[16][17]



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  2. ^ "Lukas Graham på efterårsturné". (in Danish). Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Carl Prisen 2013 – Musikforlæggerne". Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Her er Danmarks 10 mest spillede musikere i radio og tv". Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Lukas Graham Announces New Album".
  6. ^ "Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart". Billboard. 21 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Morten Ristorp". IMDb.
  8. ^ "Veninder | TopGunn". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Painkillers | Patrick Dorgan". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Lukas Graham - Lullaby Lyrics". Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Lukas Graham – You're Not the Only One (Redemption Song)". Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  12. ^ Kojo (14 October 2018). ""Not a Damn Thing Changed" by Lukas Graham". Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Lukas Graham – Promise". Retrieved 17 January 2019 – via
  14. ^ "Lose Somebody". Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  15. ^ "Sweet Melody". Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  16. ^ "Årets Danske Sangskriver - Koda-Prisen - TV 2". 28 September 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Suspekt, Lukas Graham og Marie Key i kamp om DMA-statuetterne". Retrieved 17 January 2019.