Remember the good times back in August? Lying under a sun-dappled oak tree with a nice cool Nesquik, reading issue 159 of FRONT, and that interview with down-to-earth singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran in particular? Ah, yes, it’s all flooding back.
Well now, you can read the UNCUT, UNCENSORED, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST version of Ed’s interview right here, perhaps under your SAD lamp, with a mug of Bovril and listening to his new album that has just maxed out the UK charts. Enjoy all this after the jump…
Hello Ed. This year’s been a bit of alright for you, hasn’t it?
Yeah man it’s been a good year so far. I can’t really complain.
Do you see that as more of like a lucky break or is it something that’s been a long time coming?
I’ve had a couple of breaks, and I have definitely worked my tits off, but I don’t really believe in luck. I think everything happens for a reason, and it’s all down to circumstance and what position you put yourself in. I’ve managed to remain pretty grounded by surrounding myself with friends and family all this while.
How did it feel knowing your set at Glastonbury was being aired to millions of viewers worldwide?
My phone was off so I wasn’t even aware of its airplay on the BBC until the Monday after the weekend, but it was very, very cool. I’d never been to Glastonbury before I played there, and I got told to expect about seven festivals glued into one, with lots of mud and good music. That’s pretty much what I got.
It looked like the ladies were loving your gig, especially the screaming girls at the front. Have you had any kind of groupie offers yet?
Everyone gets offers but I’m kind of happy where I‘m at the moment.
Fair play. There’s a video breaking the internet at the moment doing something called The Nando’s Skank backstage at Glasto with pop man Example. Did that earn you the legendary Nando’s black card?
I’ve got one, yeah. It’s sick. I got it a couple of months ago and I’ve been rinsing it. I always go for medium, though. I like to enjoy my food rather than just challenging myself. I mean I can handle it, but I can’t handle the next day, when, er, you know, it resurfaces.
On top of earning the prestigious black card, your debut single dropped in at number three in the charts…
Yeah man, that all went really well. I’m incredibly happy with how it did, but we’re kind of onto the next single now, and we’re shooting the video for that. You know, onwards and upwards.
Sounds like you haven’t really got time to stop and celebrate your successes, as you’re always mega busy. Is that the case?
Pretty much. I’m gonna stop and enjoy it when there’s a lot to celebrate rather than just one thing. I think a number one or a platinum-selling album would be something to celebrate. We’ll have to see how my album gets on in September.
Have you always set your sights pretty high?
I guess. I have expectations for myself but every time I achieve something I just make the expectations higher. I’m continually pushing the goalposts further back so we’ll see how far I can get.
Surely the days of sleeping on people’s sofas are a thing of a past now.
Nope, I’m still sofa-surfing. I’ve slept at lots of weird places. Yesterday I slept at the rehearsal studios I was at and used a cardboard box as a pillow. That was quite interesting. I’m sleeping on my manager’s sofa tonight.
Yeah! I’m gonna save up and get a place instead of somewhere temporary. I want to get somewhere permanent. You don’t make millions straight away from just from having a top-three single. I’m still the Ed I used to be.
You’ve colabed with some of the biggest names in UK grime. Have any of them been pains in the arses to work with?
Nah they’ve all been lovely. I kind of think everyone’s lovely, until proven guilty to be honest. They’re all really nice, really professional and talented.
There must be some sort of crazy behavior going down, though.
There was one insane 24-hours where I was working back-to-back with Griminal, Devlin and Dot Rotten. At the end of that session I hadn’t slept for a long time but had been making big music I wanted to make with some really talented people, so that was a really, really cool day. I think.
Can we expect anymore colab albums out of you soon?
For sure. I bumped into the whole of Wu-Tang Clan in my hotel in France when I was there last week, and I think I can make something with them. I met them at Glastonbury and got chatting to them in the hotel bar until late. They’re really nice guys.
Did they recognise you?
Yeah. Well, I think so. My hair is quite of a giveaway I think. It’s a pretty good trademark for me.
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