[VIDEO] Arjan Talks with U.K. Superstar Ed Sheeran about Music, Fans and Fame
It sure has been a whirlwind year for British superstar Ed Sheeran. His debut album "+" has gone quadruple platinum in the U.K. and he scooped up two coveted BRIT Awards earlier this year for Best British Male Artist and Best Breakthrough Act. That's certainly not too shabby for a guitar crooner who was virtually an unknown to most around this time last year.
But the crooner's success should not come as a surprise. Beautifully crafted and flawlessly performed, Sheeran's work shines in simplicity, and emphasizes the importance of powerful storytelling, relatable emotion and a heartfelt delivery. He's the anti-pop star who's a breath of fresh air in today's pop charts that are filled with raging dance beats and bombastic imagery.
After promoting his music around the world, Sheeran has now set his sights on North America. Signed to Electra/Atlantic Records here the States, the singer is currently touring with Snow Patrol to introduce American fans to his music.
I sat down with Sheeran backstage at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA at the beginning of his North American tour. We chatted briefly about his debut record, how he is dealing with fame and what he takes away as a songwriter from closely working with rappers like Wretch 32, Devlin and Yelawolf. He also talks what it would be like to win a GRAMMY (or two). It's a fun little chat that most prominently shows what a laid-back and pleasant lad Ed Sheeran is.
You can grab his EP "The A Team" on iTunes in the U.S. right here. Ed Sheeran's debut album will be released in North America on June 12. (A big thank you to Jason for sorting the interview like a champ, Mark for his hospitality in Atlanta and Chris for managing the tripod.)
April 13, 2012 | Permalink