Ed Sheeran in Doha

Qatar-bound singer on music, Twitter and playing in Doha

Ed Sheeran in Doha

So, what brings you to Doha?
I like travelling all around the world to play shows.

What do you expect from Doha?
Hopefully a good crowd!

Generic question you’ll get asked every time someone interviews you: What’s it like working with Pharrell?
Great. He’s very talented and inspiring.

Tell us about your BBC Music award...
It’s heavy.

How old were you when you started writing and playing music?

And where does your passion of music come from?
I think my dad.

We see you’re winning the Twitter banter war with singer Example. Are you ready for round two?
He’s not ready. He text me to ask me to stop.

You rap, sing, play instruments. What can’t you do?
Fly a plane.

So what is your music genre? Do you think it can be categorised?
Nope, I don’t. Music has two genres – good and bad – so I hope I’m on the good side.

Who’s better looking? You, or the puppet resembling you in Sing?
Ask Kermit, [Kermit the frog] – he and my puppet had a few experiences.

Did you ever think, say ten years ago, you’d be one of the hottest musical talents around?

What’s your favourite line or verse of lyrics you’ve ever written?
“Put your faith in my stomach,” from the single I’m a mess.

Any new music and collaborations in the pipeline?
A few, yup.

What do you enjoy more...a clean, crisp studio, or performing in the cold and rain to thousands of people at festivals?
Festivals I would say; there’s more atmosphere.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever played at and why?
The Ryman auditorium in Nashville. It was just electric.

How do you start writing a piece of music? What comes first?
Music usually, then lyrics.

Which single do you think helped propel your career the most, and why?
The A Team because it was the first major hit.

What do you do to chill?
Watch TV shows.

And is Suffolk still the greatest county in the world?

Will Doha ever be the same after your performance?

Ed Sheeran will be performing live at the Qatar National Convention Center on March 3. Tickets have already sold out for this event.
QNCC, Al Gharrafa (3340 5808).

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