As his film hits cinemas, Ed Sheeran reveals the secret behind his best gigs, what changed his mind on Justin Bieber and why he’s cool with Spotify.
The British singer-songwriter says he’s realised he performs best when he’s hungover.
So he “made sure” to go out drinking the night before his three sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium in London last summer. I don’t know why the best gigs I’ve ever played have been after real heavy nights,” the 24-year-old Sheeran said in a recent interview. “I think it’s just because you walk onstage, you’re not complacent, you’re not onstage being like, ‘Oh, I’ve done this a million times.’ You walk onstage being like, ‘You know, I’m 90 percent the human I should be so I’ll make sure I give 115 percent.”
Sheeran’s performances at Wembley Stadium were filmed for the new concert film Jumpers for Goalposts, reported Stuff.
According to Billboard, ?The Spotify thing is a weird argument,” said Sheeran. “A lot of people go on about the financial thing with Spotify and I definitely do agree with that for small artists and writers who are looking to get checks and stuff like that, but I think if you’re a big touring artist you shouldn’t really complain about it because I can now tour all around the world doing stadiums from Spotify.”
“I can go to Norway and Iceland and Thailand, just like random places where CD sales are not prevalent,” he said. “… So Spotify, for me, it works, because I am a touring act.”
He said the conversation with Spotify is more for new, upcoming acts and writers. “I think that’s where the revenue should go, but I think when you’re a big touring act use it to your advantage.”
And luckily for those of us who weren?t there, he captured the whole thing on film and has turned the footage into his first ever concert movie, Jumpers for Goalposts.
?I just find whenever I?m on a British Airlines flight I always watch someone?s concert film and it?s always like, I was never really a fan of Justin Bieber, and then I watched Never Say Never and then it made sense, so I was like, ?Oh, oh. I get it now,? reported?News.Com AU.
?So I wanted to make a film that I could put on British Airlines flights and have Chinese businessmen like my music,? said Sheeran.