Ed Sheeran has unveiled both the emotional and creative damages of being dragged to court over plagiarism claims, revealing he will now be filming all his songwriting sessions, just in case.
The singer-songwriter granted an interview with the BBC after his win this week in London’s High Court, where a judge had ruled in Ed’s favour, saying that he had not “deliberately or subconsciously” copied the work of artist, Sami Switch, for his record-breaking 2017 hit, Shape of You.
Sheeran also revealed that his sessions with musical collaborators were characterized by the fear that “they might be touching someone else’s note.” He said, “Now I just film everything, everything is on film. We’ve had claims come through on the songs and we go, ‘Well here’s the footage and you watch. You’ll see there’s nothing there.’”
In addition he said, “There’s the George Harrison point where he said he’s scared to touch the piano because he might be touching someone else’s note. There is definitely a feeling of that in the studio. I personally think the best feeling in the world is the euphoria around the first idea of writing a great song. That feeling has now turned into, ‘Oh wait, let’s stand back for a minute.’”