Ed Sheeran On Prince Harry Comparisons, Songwriting, Adele’s Chart Dominance

Ed Sheeran visits Z100 in Portland, talking about getting compared to Prince Harry, having 18 months of sold-out gigs, how he doesn't get tired of singing his songs over and over and how Adele is messing everything up with other artists hoping to top the charts

Ed Sheeran spoke with Z100 in Portland, Oregon on October 5th, where the British singer songwriter talked about having a long run of sold-out shows, having a series of small breaks in his career, comparisons to fellow ginger Prince Harry, having a sporadic songwriting process, and being frustrated at chart success because Adele flicks all competitors aside.

As for sold out gigs, including the one that night at the Roseland, he said, “I’m happy that every gig we’ve done for the past 18 months has sold out everywhere, so I’m very happy to be alive right now.”

On his “big break”, Ed said, “I never really got one big break, it was kind of like 2,000 very, very small breaks all added up to one big break. I was constantly just out there gigging and getting in front of the right people at the right time, but the right people don’t necessarily think I’m a very good product that is easy to sell. I had to prove to people that I could sell so I did it independently for a long time and then sold a lot and then

On comparisons to fellow British redhead Prince Harry, he said, “Yeah, there was a newspaper when Harry was in Las Vegas and photographed naked and stuff. There was a big thing in the Daily Mail, there was a picture of Prince Charles and they said, ‘No Harry, we can’t pretend it’s Ed Sheeran.'”

Talking about his songwriting process, Ed said, “It’s very sporadic and there is no set process to it. I could sit down and write. I’ve done that when I’ve written for other people. I’ll sit down with them. with subject matter in mind and a band in mind and written a song and that is for them kind of thing. When you’re gonna play a song for the rest of your life, it has to come from somewhere that you’re not trying to write a hit. You just want to get something out there.”

If he gets tired of singing the same song over and over, Ed said, “It’s weird. I’ve been playing ‘The A Team’ for three years and it became a hit. I’m still not tired of it. I think if a song comes from, I don’t want to say credible place, but if it comes from a heart and soul and it’s a song that really means something to you, rather than like, I love that ‘Call Me Maybe’ tune, but I think I know it hasn’t come from a deep seated emotion in Carly Rae Jepsen. Let’s make a song about partying, which is fair enough.”

On the new British invasion, Ed said, “I don’t know what’s happening over here. Adele just messes up everyone man. Adele is just like, Taylor and One Direction have released their new songs and they’re like #1 or #2 on iTunes, and Adele is just like, ‘Fu** that’, (wipes away) and goes #1. She just doesn’t make it fair for any other artist. We thought ’21’ was #1 for like a year and we thought, ‘Cool, we’re in a time where we can have a top spot now.’ She’s like, ‘No, I’m gonna release a new song’.”

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Ed Sheeran Discusses ‘The A Team’, Working Hard & His Inspiration

Ed Sheeran, seen here with 'hi' stuck on his tongue, talks with Fox All Access about his single 'The A Team', being inspired by Eric Clapton and Damien Rice and how he's able to do so many gigs

Ed Sheeran dropped the the Fox All Access studios to talk with Chris Leary about his single ‘The A Team’, what inspired him to take up music, his work ethic, and how he got discovered.

Talking about how his single ‘The A Team’ has another meaning in America, the action TV show in the 80s, Ed said, “And in England it means something different as well. The amount of people that have given me, they do action figures for Hannibal and B.A. Baracus and stuff. The amount of people that give me them is interesting.”

As for the true meaning of ‘The A Team’, he said, “It was kind of written about, I did a gig at a homeless shelter and met quite a few people there and one of them was this girl and her story kind of inspired me to write that song.” Ed added that he hadn’t seen her since. “I go back every year to play at the shelter, and I haven’t seen her since.”

Asked about what inspired him to become a musician, Ed said, “When I was eleven I saw Eric Clapton play ‘Layla’ on the Queen’s Jubilee on TV, and I was like I want to play guitar. I didn’t want to sing at the time, I just wanted to play guitar. I kind of picked up guitar and started playing and then I got into a guy called Damien Rice and went to go and see him, and he basically stood on stage on his own with an acoustic guitar and just held the audience and I was like, ah, I want to write songs and sing.”

Asked how he’s able to do so many gigs, as in 312 in one year, he said, “You just treat it like a day job. Every day you come into the radio show and you do a (Chris says “no, not 312 days a year!”). I don’t know, my dad said to be the best at what you do you have to take someone that you admire and basically find out what they do and double your effort. Most people I looked up to were doing like 200 gigs a year, so I thought I’ll do more and hopefully my live set will become better than theirs after a while.”

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Ed Sheeran 2013 Headline Tour Dates Announced

Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift

Ed Sheeran has announced dates for his biggest U.S. headline tour to date which sees the English singer songwriter kicking off the trek January 17th at House of Blues in Houston and continuing through mid-February. Check out the tour schedule below.

Sign up at edsheeran.com for pre-sale information regarding all newly announced dates, as well as regular news updates and other exclusive announcements. The Elektra recording artist will also be offering a limited number of exclusive, venue-specific poster bundles during the pre-sale period.

Ed is currently traveling North America on the ‘VH1 You Oughta Know Tour with Ed Sheeran’. Every show on the current trek, which is Sheeran’s first-ever North American headline tour, has sold out.

Ed Sheeran North American Tour 2012/2013
Sept. 25 – Chicago, IL at Riviera Theatre – SOLD OUT!
Sept. 26 – Minneapolis, MN at State Theatre – Sold Out
Sept. 28 – Denver, CO at Bluebird Theatre – Sold Out
Oct. 1 – Los Angeles, CA at The Wiltern – Sold Out
Oct. 2 – San Diego, CA at House of Blues – Sold Out
Oct. 4 – Vancouver, BC at Queen Elizabeth Theatre * – Sold Out
Oct. 5 – Portland, OR at Roseland Theatre – Sold Out
Oct. 6 – Seattle, WA at The Showbox SoDo – Sold Out

Jan. 17 – Houston, TX at House of Blues
Jan. 18 – Dallas, TX at The Palladium Ballroom
Jan. 19 – Austin, TX at Stubbs Bar-B-Q
Jan. 22 – Nashville, TN at Ryman Auditorium
Jan. 24 – Detroit, MI at The Fillmore Detroit
Jan. 25 – Cincinnati, OH at Bogart’s
Jan. 26 – Indianapolis, IN at Egyptian Room
Jan. 28 – Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE
Jan. 29 – Baltimore, MD at Rams Head Live
Jan. 30 – New York, NY at Radio City Music Hall
Feb. 1 – Louisville, KY at Palace Theatre
Feb. 2 – St. Louis, MO at The Pageant
Feb. 3 – Kansas City, MO at The Midland
Feb. 5 – Broomfield, CO at 1st Bank Center
Feb. 6 – Magna, UT at Great Salt Air
Feb. 9 – Los Angeles, CA at Hollywood Palladium
Feb. 12 – San Diego, CA at Spreckels Theatre
Feb. 13 – Tempe, AZ at The Marquee
Feb. 14 – Tucson, AZ at Rialto Theatre

Ed Sheeran Performs ‘The A Team’ On ‘Good Day New York’

Ed Sheeran and Jewel

Ed Sheeran touched down in New York City the other day, making an appearance on ‘Good Day New York’, where he did an interview and performed ‘The A Team’. Backstage, the English singer songwriter ran into another popular recording artist, Jewel.

Asked what he was doing later tonight with his show the following night, Ed said, “I’m meeting up with some friends. I’ve got some friends that are in New York, which is really random, so I’m going to go out and have a drink.”

Talking about the hard work needed to get to where he is now, Ed said, “I’ve probably done the same amount as anyone else in my position has done. I’m just trying to keep the ball rolling at the moment.”

Talking about his break into the music biz, Ed said, “I did a lot of touring. I released a lot of independent EPs, and grew up a fan base and then I got picked up by a label and the album was released.”

Watch the performance at myfoxny.com.