After dropping the first two songs off his upcoming No. 6 Collaborations Project, Ed Sheeran has opened up on his latest project and what inspired him to put together an album filled with big-named collaborations.
In a new interview with Charlamagne tha God, Ed revealed why exactly he wanted to put together this project — and that it wasn’t his first time making a collaboration album.
“Before I was signed I made a lot of EPs, and I made an EP called ‘No. 5 Collaborations Project’ with a load of UK rappers that I was a big fan of at the time,” Ed said. “And ever since then, I haven’t any collaborations on my own stuff. I’ve collaborated on lots of other people’s things, but on my own records it’s kind of just been me.”
“I’ve kind of gone through life and been like ‘I wish I could work with them, I wish I could work with them,’ and it was when I did the Beyoncé and Andrea Bocelli, had them both on the Perfect single, I kind of started a thing on my laptop just saying, ‘No. 6 Collaborations.’ And just throughout the year, any time I met anyone that I’d been a fan of or owned an album, it was the first time I was able to be like, ‘Let’s get in the studio.’ But not so much just to make a song but more for me.”
On Working with Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber:
Ed also admitted that the project also started with an idea that he’d recreate Lady Marmalade with Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber.
“This project actually started with one idea I had which was, you remember Lady Marmalade, right? It’s such a silly idea, but I had an idea of doing that and I was like ‘Oh, you could get Bruno, Bieber, and me for the record. How fun would that be?'”
“The first person I rung was Bruno and he was just like ‘Let’s just do a song together, just us,’ and that’s how it happened. So then I did a song with Bruno, then did a song with Bieber, and then these individual songs started happening and then it just turned into a project.”
On Why This Project Isn’t His Next Big Album:
Ed also revealed that while No. 6 Collaborations isn’t necessarily a mixtape, it’s also not his next big step in his career.
“With this record I just want to kind of put it out and then move on from it,” he said. “I just don’t see it as the next stage of my career. It was just something that I’ve made that I just want to put out.”
“For me, this is a compilation album of artists that I am a fan of, that I have made music with. I wouldn’t call it a mixtape,”
On Choosing Who To Collaborate With:
Which types of artists was Ed looking to collaborate with on his new project? According to him, ones whose music he genuinely enjoys.
“My rule for it was if I have it and I play it in my car, I’m working with them,” he said. “There are lots of artists that are huge that I could’ve worked with that just would’ve made no sense to me.”
Check out Ed’s full interview below!
No. 6 Collaborations will be released on July 12, 2019.