Songwriter, producer, singer, and all round legend Lauv is set to bring his ~how i’m feeling~ Tour to Oz this November. Ahead of the trip, Don’t Bore Us chats life hacks, Troye Sivan, and being ganged up on by mates in his favourite game called ‘Friendship Ruiner.’
Does every interviewer start with the question, “how ARE you feeling?” If so, I want to know how it was growing up on a squash farm only eating lettuce cups?
Aw you know, it was sick. I didn’t really get a lot of nutrients – I was pretty raggedy looking. But you know lettuce is crunchy, its got water, so I was hydrated. Thank you for asking.
You’ve shown the world the best way to prevent sunglasses tan, is to cover your eyes with cookies. What’s your best life hack?
I think that’s probably my best life hack. But other than that, I think it’s putting a margarita machine in your house.
That’s not a life hack, but a necessity. I’ve heard your favourite game to play is called ‘Friendship Ruiner’, what’s the funniest thing to come out of it?
One time I found out a girlfriend was cheating on me – no, I’m just kidding. That’s never happened to me, that I know of.
I don’t know, I think the whole game is pretty funny, it’s really awkward when one person gets chosen over, and over, and over. Because the way the game works is you sit in a circle, and you whisper in someone else’s ear, like ‘who’s most likely to…’ I don’t know, ‘wake up as an orange peel?’ Then nobody else has heard that, so the person I whispered to has to name somebody else in the circle. So when one person gets ganged up on its kind of sad. But also kind of funny if I’m going to be honest? As long as it’s not too mean.
And the worst?
The worst? I guess when I’ve gotten ganged up on? That’s not fun.
You’ve been described as one of the nicest guys in music, why do you think that is?
Because the whole world is delusional maybe? No I don’t know, no idea.
You’ve written some great pop songs for artists like Demi Lovato, Charli XCX, and Adam Lambert. What is your favourite lyric you think you have written to date?
My favourite lyric that I’ve ever written to date is ‘ooh ooh ooooh’. Tight.
If there was one song in the world you wish you had penned or produced, what is it?
I think it would have to be [singing] ‘finding it hard to believe we’re in heaven’ what’s that one called? Dn dn dn dn dn dn dn dn dn – that song is so tight.
How was collabing with Troye Sivan, would you say it was “tight?”
Ha, it was amazing. I met him for the first time when we were both rehearsing for tour, and I was super nervous. Then, we met again when we played a show together, and not long after we got together to write ‘i’m so tired…’ – well actually we wrote a different song first… that really sucked… and will never see the light of day. Then I played him the chorus of ‘i’m so tired…’ and he fell in love with it, so we wrote the rest of it together. He’s super sweet.
Apparently it took you two weeks of endlessly listening to ‘i’m so tired…’, before you felt it was perfect. When, and how do you know?
Well I tried a bunch of different arrangements, then finally… well, you just know! When it feels right you just kind of listen to it, and you’re like okay, I’m excited the entire way through, and I don’t think there’s anything that needs to change.
WATCH: Lauv & Troye Sivan – i’m so tired…
Cliche I know, but my favourite track of yours is ‘I Like Me Better.’ I was young, and in love in New York City, until I found out the guy I was dating, was also dating four other girls. How did yours end up?
That’s horrible. That dude is a douchebag.
It was a really, really beautiful relationship. But it just wasn’t, you know, after four years I moved to LA, and it was time to continue growing down different paths as people.
You seem to be heavily involved in all stages of your brand, from choosing the creative of your tour, right down to the material used to make your shirts for merchandise. What drives your work ethic?
This is literally my world. So I feel like if I don’t care about it, then why should anyone else?
You’re heading down to Oz for your ~how i’m feeling~ Tour, what song is your favourite to perform on the set list?
It’s definitely going to be the new songs, and I can’t say…. Probably ‘drugs and internet’ which is about to come out, and then another song…
So you can’t spoil too much about the new music, but can you tell me something the internet doesn’t know about you already?
Well I actually didn’t grow up on a squash farm eating only lettuce cups. So sorry to scare you guys!