Ed Sheeran: ‘I wanted the whole album to feel a bit schizophrenic’

 

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To celebrate the launch of Ed Sheeran’s latest album, ÷ (or ‘divide’), which is released today, Friday 3rd March, Ed Sheeran spoke to Spotify about his inspiration for the tracks on the new album. Below are some quotes from our conversations with Ed Sheeran which took place in Spotify’s New York HQ in February.

On the Album
“I’ve had the concept for Divide since 2010. I wanted the whole album to feel a bit schizophrenic”
“my first sort of music that I got into that wasn’t from my parents was rap, metal, punk.. I went one day listening to Iowa, Slipknot and the next day listening to Damian Rice’s ‘O’, It was quite a switch”

Shape of You
“Shape Of You was actually the only song that I was like this isn’t me at all”
“It took Johnny and Steve (the guys I wrote it with) probably about a month or two to convince me that should even be on the album, and probably took them another month to convince me that it should be a single”
“Originally, instead of ‘my bedsheets’ it was meant to be ‘my T shirt smells of you’ or something like that, but I changed it to bedsheets so it could be androgynous”

Eraser
“Eraser was a song that was very therapeutic to write”
“whilst swimming I had this idea that bit should be Eraser. I don’t know why but it just popped into my head and I was like “ah that’s a cool title for a song””

Galway Girl
“Galway is a city in Ireland where my cousin and uncle live and it’s a really beautiful place -it’s like cobbled streets, it’s quintessential Ireland.”
“There’s already a Steve Earle song called ‘Galway Girl’ and I was thinking of lots of different things; Limerick Girl or Dublin Girl, Belfast Girl and none of it really fit so I just went with Galway Girl …”

Happier
“I’ve definitely got to a point in my life where I’m friends with all my ex-girlfriends now, like we’re all cool and it’s very much like I’m really happy that you’re happy and with someone that you love, and they are really happy that I’m happy and with someone and there’s a grown up element to it”
“Happier was like that coming out I guess – me writing a grown-up song”

How Would You Feel
“I really wanted it to sound like an old school Van Morrison Song”
“I played a really s***guitar solo on it trying to be John Mayer and then was like ah I have got John Mayer’s email, let me just email him see if he’ll play on it. So I sent it off to him, kind of forgot about it and then John Mayer sent it back with this f****** amazing solo on it and I was like ooh, wow, this sounds like a song now!”

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