I went from playing for nobody and having awkward experiences at award shows to now being all over the place playing sold-out shows for people who know all of the words.
I do feel like I'm a little too much of a bummer sometimes.
In day-to-day life, there's so much that's calculated: so many fake, surface-level interactions that don't amount to anything.
I just think that any person who wants music to be their career shouldn't focus on a record label. I have seen friends who sign to a label too early in their career, and they lost control over their music, and their releases were delayed or never put out.
I think a lot of pop music is escapist.
'I Met You When I Was 18' is a collection of songs, a story about moving to New York City when I was 18 and falling in love for the first time. A story about trying to figure out your own identity whilst being deeply intertwined with someone else's.
'Lauv' comes from the Latvian word for lion, and my mom's side of the family is from Latvia - it's a place I've been probably 15 times or more. I'm also a Leo, and my real name, Ari, means lion.
The thing about Sheeran is that he is an incredibly real artist and songwriter. He is not trying to be anybody else other than himself.
I write a lot of sad songs!
I'm super-into sappy movies like 'La La Land' and 'Midnight in Paris.'
Ever since I visited Paris when I was younger, the sappy side of me really wanted to write a song about it someday.
I feel like Drake could literally put out anything - like, the sound of seagulls over a beat - and it could be the Number One song on Spotify.