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  • To be honest,

  • I know what we're doing now is like looking into it.

  • But none of us thought that much into it.

  • I didn't make this song to be mine to sing.

  • He'd already said everything he wanted to say for that moment on his record.

  • We went in there just to write a song.

  • If we were into the session writing a song for Ed Sheeran,

  • I don't think we would ever have recorded shape of you.

  • Most-streamed track ever on Spotify

  • Most weeks ever in The Billboard Top 10

  • 2,893,178,486 views on YouTube

  • It was the first day I've ever been in with Steve.

  • The first, literally the first thing he did,

  • was he walked over to the keyboard and played.

  • And then I was kinda like "Well, we have this."

  • That's a good start.

  • The log drum that we use, it was the first sound that I found.

  • It just felt like a world sound.

  • Ed started doing that thing on the guitar that he does.

  • And then like a...

  • I honestly believe it's cause Ed is so impatient

  • that he can't wait for me to get a drum sound up.

  • So he goes out, and he says, "Look, I'll just do it on the guitar."

  • So he was doing that in the studio and Steve said,

  • "Can we get that on the loop?"

  • Straight away, he says, "Give me a clean track."

  • And he just starts layering over the top.

  • This is fifteen minutes into meeting, and we're away, we're off.

  • The easiest thing with this key would be to go with it.

  • Like, of the rhythm.

  • Ed goes completely against that.

  • He's almost the percussion with it.

  • And that keeps the pace up.

  • I'm always a fan of keeping it more stripped,

  • 'cause I'm an acoustic artist first and foremost.

  • And when I play live, I can't replicate all these things.

  • I haven't got any other musicians.

  • So you don't need anything else, because that's the percussion.

  • Ed is the instrument.

  • Johnny's like my main guy that I work with.

  • Me and him together on our own have probably written two, three hundred songs.

  • His attention span could be very low.

  • One of the things I did to try and keep him in the room while I would be working on a track,

  • I would have like a suitcase full of lego and pull it to the hotel room.

  • And say, "There you go, you build that."

  • And it was great, 'cause he would sit and build the lego,

  • and can get lost in that world for a second,

  • and come up with this moment that was everything.

  • As we were writing it, I kind of knew I wanted it to be like a really sort of R&B type feel.

  • And I was like, "Wouldn't it be cool if like, we put like an interpolation of "No Scrubs" in it?"

  • So the bit that went "Girl, you know I want your love,"

  • originally went "Girl, you know I want your love."

  • There were some moments that I found on the Shape of You tapes which were really interesting.

  • Ahh be my baby um ah.

  • Ahh be my baby um ah.

  • Ahh be my baby.

  • Come on, yeah!

  • Come on be my baby um ah.

  • Come on be my baby um ah.

  • So that's a perfect example of how Ed starts off as a...

  • Just to shoot ... a noise.

  • And then you hear that moment where he discovers it should be "come on,"

  • He's inviting this person in.

  • He has in his mind this is how I want a song to sound.

  • This is what I want to talk about.

  • Originally, I think we were talking about maybe being

  • "and my T-shirt smells like you".

  • And, he was like, "no no, it's gotta be my bed sheets."

  • It's "bedsheets smell of you", and I remember thinking,

  • "Oh god no, not bedsheets."

  • On the original version, it doesn't actually say "I'm in love with the shape of you."

  • It only says that at the beginning bit.

  • See, like a weird thing in there, that's pretty odd.

  • "I'm in love with your body" on its own, felt objectifying to me.

  • Yeah, he's got a really warm heart.

  • Do you like, do you not like "I'm in love with your body?"

  • I do, it's just ... it's ...

  • "I'm in love with your body."

  • I mean, I'll say, I'm always like

  • if we could just push it, so it's one more thing.

  • Where I come from, there is this phrase.

  • They say look at the shape of you, and that means,

  • look at the way you've showed it up.

  • So in love with the shape of you.

  • It's true.

  • It is more than.

  • I'm in love with

  • You're not just a body.

  • It is more than your body.

  • You are more than your body.

  • Yeah, um.

  • I'm in love with the shape of you.

  • I'm in love with the way you move.

  • But it's not just the shape of you.

  • This song is just one loop the whole way through.

  • It's a very monotonous thing, so when you got that for the whole song,

  • the only thing you can do are light and shade bits.

  • So once you've heard the first ten seconds,

  • there's no more learning to be done when it comes to the hook.

  • Then everything else is a surprise.

  • It's so minimal, that every time something new does comes in, you hear it.

  • Layered up some more vocals, some of these guitars.

  • One of the things that we added was the mellotron.

  • And it just added a little color to it for me.

  • Just a little bass drum.

  • Just to give it some weight.

  • We've got a little sixteen clap going.

  • Then we added a little rim.

  • That's kind of the only thing that starts slightly of the beat.

  • So it feels like it's moving all the time, you're not getting bored.

  • Every time you start getting bored of it,

  • something new comes in

  • or something drops out.

  • It kind of builds and builds and builds and then drops,

  • and then builds and builds and build and then drops.

  • At the end, it has a moment which I quite like.

  • You don't really notice it happening, but it's happening underneath.

  • And you just get this feeling of tension, release, tension, release.

  • We've moved on to another song.

  • We've actually got a cut with Faith Hill and Tim McGraw that we write the same day.

  • And then we did another one after that.

  • We write a bunch that day.

  • Oh, the Liam Payne one as well.

  • And that was when at the end of the third song, he said,

  • "Go back, and can you play me the first tune again."

  • We thought it might be a duet.

  • and the duet would be that the girl sings one verse and the guy sings another verse.

  • When I was like, "This sounds like, Rudimental should do it with Rihanna.".

  • He said, "I don't think this is for me."

  • I was off to this studio where my record label head was.

  • I played it, and he was just kind of looking at me like,

  • "Why you wanna give this away?"

  • I don't really know what it means to choose a hit.

  • I just like writing songs.

  • It's not rocket science.

  • It's much much more complicated.

  • Kind of the best hour and a half in my life.

  • To follow a trend is a common thing in pop,

  • and it's something that I've always try to not do.

  • But I was wrong this time, man.

  • It's one of the biggest songs in my career.

  • Cool.

To be honest,

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