The Jakarta Post
Ari Staprans 'Lauv' Leff poses at the iHeart Radio Music Awards on March 14 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, United States. (Shutterstock.com/Kathy Hutchins/File )
American singer-songwriter Ari Staprans “Lauv” Leff was struggling with extreme emptiness and depression when writing his latest single, “Drugs & The Internet”.
Released on April 25 and part of his debut album ~how i’m feeling~, the track was more therapeutic for him compared to other songs he had written.
“I wrote it as a sort of self-analysis for my obsession with the way I wanted to present myself to the world – a commentary on the world we live today,” Lauv said in an official statement. “It’s as much self-deprecating as it’s serious and sad.”
Lauv plans to release singles until the album is released. “I wanted to do it that way because I want to be able to let people in as I’m making it. [...] I don’t want to wait until I had a bunch of songs that may or may not be relevant to me anymore,” he said in an email to The Jakarta Post.
His decision may be similar to I met you when I was 18.
In October 2017, Lauv announced via Twitter that he had gathered his songs onto I met you when I was 18. Completed in May 2018, the collection of songs appeared to be an ongoing compilation album at that time, though Lauv called it a playlist.
This month, Lauv is traveling to Asia as part of his Asia Tour 2019. Indonesia is on the list as he will perform at Tennis Indoor Stadium at Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Central Jakarta on May 24. Tickets were sold out after they went on sale in November. His fans’ high anticipation can also be seen in other countries where all tickets are sold out, including in Thailand and Hong Kong.
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He described his sold-out Indonesia concert to be “really exciting”. “[…] The fact that I’m flying all the way over to Indonesia and I have sold out a show is something that I don’t take for granted for a second. It’s going to be such a special night, I’m so excited. I love you guys so much,” Lauv, who performed at Java Jazz Festival in 2018, said.
He will also fly to other countries as part of his tour, among them the United Kingdom, Germany, United States, New Zealand and Australia until November.
Apart from performing his songs, Lauv is also known for working together with other musicians, namely Troye Sivan on “I’m So Tired” and Julia Michaels in “There’s No Way”. He said he loved collaborating and writing songs with other people and “just kind of see what happens”.
Released in January, “I’m So Tired” started as a chorus that Lauv wrote with his friend in Los Angeles. “Me and Troye [Sivan] got together few days later and we actually wrote a totally different song that wasn’t ‘I’m So Tired’ and it wasn’t good,” he said. “And then I was like, ‘Let me play something’. I was super nervous, but I played the chorus of ‘I’m So Tired’ and he ended up loving it.”
He felt honored to be able to collaborate with Sivan and praised him to be “very passionate, humble and grounded person”. When it comes to musicians he’d love to collaborate with, Lauv mentioned Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin, John Mayer or Paul Simon. (mut)