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Lauv 4,132

AKA: Ari Staprans Leff and Ari Leff
@Lauv

About Lauv

With an affection for electronic and R&B sounds, infused with his soulful bedroom vocals and airy beats, Ari Staprans Leff, known professionally as Lauv, has burst onto the music scene with his intimate take on romantic pop. The American singer-songwriter and producer’s ferocious rise to the top of the pop music hierarchy at just 23, should be no surprise, given Lauv is the Latvian word for “lion” after all.

Lauv’s musical beginnings started in childhood, learning strings as well as playing piano, but neither captivated his interest. However, his connection with music grew when he picked up a guitar at the age of 11. From there, Lauv became obsessed with expressing himself musically, which channeled into an interest in songwriting.

Eventually he made his way to New York University (NYU) in 2012, and entered the prestigious Music Technology Program there, having expanded his music interests into jazz and electronic music production in high school to add to his diversified portfolio.

The conversion from music enthusiast to artist, however, did not come easy – taking the form of a bad breakup. It was in the aftermath that Lauv took refuge in writing and recording his own music. Out of this period in 2015, came his debut single “The Other,” which quietly took the internet by storm and gaining hundreds of millions of streams. Subsequently he released his debut EP, Lost In The Light, later that year.

2017 proved to be a breakthrough year – not just as an artist, but also as a songwriter. He helped pen the hit Cheat Codes-Demi Lovato collaboration “No Promises” as well as Charli XCX’s “Boys” – both tracks clear reflections of his own style of romantic pop.

Later that year, Lauv released the uptempo “I Like Me Better,” with its chill beat drop and vulnerable lyrics eventually proving to be a sleeper hit, and becoming his mainstream breakthrough as an artist.

By the end of the year, Lauv announced the playlist, I met you when I was 18. Comprised of both previously-released singles and material expected to feature on his debut album, it will be continuously added to until fully completed. So far, songs released from the project include “Easy Love”, “Paris in the Rain”, “Getting Over You” and “Chasing Fire”.