INTERVIEW AND SESSION FILMED FOR BALCONY TV LONDON PRESENTED BY IVAN BERRY PRODUCED BY VIDEO-BOX
Despite only turning 19 in February 2010, Ed Sheeran is more experienced than his age would suggest. With two albums and two EPs already under his belt, Ed shares his time between living in London, where he writes, records and gigs, and his home town of Framlingham, Suffolk. Since winning the 2008 Next Big Thing competition in East Anglia, Ed has attracted a flurry of high profile gigs, interviews and press coverage as well as the attention of drum and bass legend, Goldie. After seeing him play live in London, Goldie commented: 'I was really impressed.... I think he's going to be giant.' The two have since worked together. Ed has written and recorded over 100 songs, some 30 of which are included on The Orange Room EP (2005) and his first two albums, Ed Sheeran (2006) and Want Some? (2007). Ed has also recently produced a new EP called You Need Me, which features five new tracks, including The City, a crowd favourite about his experiences of living in London. CDs and downloads are available from his website.
Ed gigs several times a week, mostly playing electric acoustic guitar with vocals and beat box looped live. In the past 12 months he has done nearly 300 gigs around the UK, including Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham and York. His music is described as blending acoustic and folk with hip hop beats.
Ed has supported many well-known acts, as varied as Example, Nizlopi, Gabriela Cilmi, Josephine Oniyama, Jay Sean, Mongrel, Pete Murray, and the Noisettes. He is currently supporting Just Jack on his UK tour.
Ed has also collaborated with Scorcher, Thomas Jules, Slix and Wretch 32, and worked with a variety of producers and song-writers, including Amy Wadge, Si Hulbert, Jake Gosling and Jack McManus.
BBC Introducing and BBC Blast have both recently produced features on Ed.