Ed Sheeran has made a stop at a high school in Compton to discuss all things music, of course!
The superstar – who recently broke the highest single-show attendance record at SoFi Stadium with over 81,000 fans at his Mathematics tour – attended Dominguez High School where he performed for students and answered their questions.
And as you can imagine, they were pretty stoked to see the four-time Grammy-winning legend! In a video posted to his official social media accounts, we see Ed surrounded by cheering teens, posing for photos with them.
“So I’m here in Compton for Save The Music and we’re gonna be doing a Q&A at school and then playing some songs. This is my favourite thing to do. I love it!” he says in the short clip.
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When asked by a student about the challenges he’s faced creating music in the studio, Ed responded:
“I see it as like a tap. You start a flow and like, if it’s an old house, there’s gonna be muddy, sh** water to come out to begin with, and then it’s going to start flowing clean. And then you have this rhythm of writing good songs, writing good songs, writing good songs.”
The video then shows Ed performing “Shape of You” for the students who all sang along!
Compton Unified School District shared photos of Ed’s visit on their social media pages and thanked him for being there.
“Thank you Ed Sheeran, Save The Music and Atlantic Records for the amazing morning at Dominguez High School as part of the J. Dilla Music Technology Grant.”
The grant, named after the highly respected hip-hop producer J. Dilla, brings innovative tech tools to local communities and school districts to help bring out students’ creativity and talent by teaching them the fundamentals of electronic music creation, recording and production.
According to Save the Music, while technology is clearly a vital tool for teaching music to students, limited funding means many children miss out:
“The problem is that many schools find it hard to secure funding and as a result, are unable to add technology to their music programs. This is where music technology grants are essential, giving students access to the resources they need to learn and grow from music.”
Ed’s partnership with the organisation is all about bringing music and creativity to underfunded schools. He’s also the founder of the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation which provides grants to kids under 18 in Suffolk (UK), to help them buy instruments and fund their music studies.
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