03 February 2013

Pop Quiz: Ed Sheeran

Aidin Vaziri | When we caught up with Ed Sheeran recently, he sounded a little weary. Can you blame him? The English singer-songwriter behind the single "The A Team" is in the third year of promoting his debut album, "+," after touring nonstop and playing several high-profile gigs. And there's no sign of things slowing down for the soft-spoken 21-year-old. He was just tapped to perform at the Grammys with Elton John and spend the summer supporting Taylor Swift on tour, just as his latest single, "Lego House," picks up momentum. Sheeran plays a sold-out show Friday at the Warfield.

Ed Sheeran
Q: You're rehearsing for the Grammy telecast with Elton John and preparing to go on tour with Taylor Swift. When do you think you'll have a chance to sleep again?
A: I don't know if I need to sleep at the moment. I think I'm having too much fun.
Q: You already had a pretty spectacular year, performing at Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee and the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games. Did you imagine any of this coming your way?
A: My imagination ended in 2011 when the album came out and went to No. 1 in a week. I never expected that to happen. I just stopped second-guessing it after that.
Q: Because it's about a drug-addicted teen prostitute, you didn't expect "The A Team" to become a hit. Where is the oddest place you've heard it?
A: I played it at Wembley Arena to 10,000 6-year-old girls. That was a bit weird.
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