Lauv: I'm looking forward to performing again in Mumbai
Although Most Of Lauv's Songs Are About Love And Sorrow, He Claims That His New Music Is More Than Just Romance. In An Exclusive Chat With Bombay Times, Lauv (also Known As Ari Staprans Leff) Tells About His First-ever World Tour As Headliner, His Friendship With Ed Sheeran , The Alarming Mental Health Problem That He Thinks Need Attention And Coping With The Pressure That Comes To The Job.
You Are Not A Stranger To The Indian Crowd, Primarily Because You Are Here In The Past With Ed Sheeran For The Asia Leg Of His World Tour. How Did That Come Along And Can You Describe That Experience?
I Found Out About The Ed Sheeran Tour Through A Phone Call. I Was Out For A Run At 7 Am When My Manager Called Me. I Told Him," Let Me Call You Back," But He Immediately Said," Do You Want To Tour With Ed Sheeran?" That Tour Was Incredible. Ed Is The Most Down To Earth Person, Especially In This Business. I Was Extremely Nervous About Meeting Him, But Today He Is A Friend. I Especially Remember The Show In Mumbai Because It's A Beautiful Place And The Crowd Was Super High On Energy. So Yes, I Am Looking Forward To Revisiting India.
This Is Your First Tour As Headliner In Asia ...
Yes, This Is The First Time I Am Headlining A Show In India. There Will Be Some New Music And I Cannot Wait For The Audience To Hear It.
The Names Of All Your Tours Have Always Been Unique. What Is The Story Behind It?
I Usually Name My Tours After My Projects And So," I With You When I Was 18" , The Last Project Was That I Put Out. I Didn't Call That An Album. Now, The Album That I Am Working On And Putting Out Music For Is Called" How I Feeling" And So The Tour Is Called" How I Feeling. Also, I Am Pretty Lazy, So That's Probably A Reason, Too.
You've Made A Career From Love And Love Songs. Is It Safe To Say You Are Adele's Male Counterpart?
I Wish! She Is An Absolute Legend. The Music That I Am Working On Now Is Not Just About Love And Heartbreak. It's About A Lot Or Other Stuff. I Don't Know Whether I Would Be Anyone's Counterpart, But I Am Excited About The Music I Am Putting Out. It's Going To Be Different.
In Your Song I'm So Tired It Seems Like You're Bitter About Love And Loved Ones Packing On A PDA. Care To Work Out ...
My Song, I With You When I Was 18, Was About One Girl And One Relationship. That Was The First Time I Fell In Love. I Was Exhausted With Making Music That Was All About Falling In Love Many Times About. And That's When I Wrote I Am So Tired.
From Blue Hair To Blue Roses, Your Social Media Accounts Give The Fact That You Are Obsessed With Color. Where Is It From?
I Love The Color Blue. I Was Obsessed With It And Came Up With The Idea To Use It Immediately After I Wrote It I Like Me Better And Was About To Put It Out. I Got This Vision Of A Rose That Was Deep Blue In Color And Fell In Love With It; I Thought It Represents My Music. I Don't Know If It Feels Right To The World, But It Feels Right To Me.
Other Than Paul Simon , Who Else From The Music World Inspires You?
I Have The Feeling That I Get Inspiration From Many People. Chris Martin And John Mayer Are Among Those. I Grew Up Listening To Bands Like Taking Back Sunday, The Postal Service And Owl City, Among Others. So Yes, There Are Many Inspirations.
Most Musicians Have A List Of Artists With Whom They Want To Collaborate, With Whom In Yours?
To Be Honest, To Me It's Chris Martin Van Coldplay . I Am Just Putting It Out Into The Universe. I Mean I Don't Want To Crowd It (the List) With Other Names. Although I Would Like To Collaborate With Other People, He Tops The List.
If You Are Struggling With Anxiety Issues, You Have Said That You Would Like To Help Others Who Have Psychological Problems Why Is It Essential For You To Expand That Kind Of Support?
I Think The Only Way To Combat The Issue Of Mental Health Is To Talk About It. People Need To Share Their Experiences And Acknowledge The Problems. It's Important To Figure Out The Exact Reason, As It Can Be Chemicals And Genetics Or Situations And Even Habits.
Over The Past Two Years We Have Seen Many Young Musicians Squeezed Under Pressure Associated With The Job. How Do You Deal With It?
I Try To Spend Time Making Music And Being With The People That I Love. I Know That Others Are Going To Have Their Opinions And Judge You. I Try Not To Let That Define The Way I See Myself. I Am Going To Live My Life. I Also Go For Therapy And Take Medication, So That Helps Me. I Try To Compartmentalize My Life To Take Care Of Myself. But I Don't Eat Healthy, So That's Not Working Out For Now (laughs!).