Ari Leff, better known as the 22-year-old songwriter, producer and singer behind Lauv, has been taking over Spotify, and for good reason. His songs are merely infectious.
Inspired by the emotions one feels towards the end of a relationship, his debut single “The Other” has struck a strong chord with its listeners, garnering over 83 million plays on Spotify since its 2015 release and simultaneously inspiring five remixes. And though Lauv states he never grew up listening to classic R&B, his childhood of moving around from San Francisco to Atlanta and eventually New York City for college, has worked well for him to create his tasteful R&B-infused late night pop sound.
If you don’t know about Lauv, now is a good time to familiarize yourself with him. Just about to finish his first headlining “late night, deep talks” tour, the eight-city tour in which he sold-out almost every night was only a tease for him.
“I’m dying to tour more,” Lauv said to me in an interview.
I chatted with Lauv before his Toronto show to talk about his music, songwriting past and plans for 2017.
Rachel Ann Cauilan: So you just played a hometown show at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco last May 24th. How was that?
Lauv: It was super special. I’m originally from San Francisco but moved out there when I was 4. My grandfather who’s the last grandparent I have that’s alive got to come out with my aunt and uncle and cousin, so I got to see them. It meant a lot.
RAC: What does your family think about your music?
Lauv: They’ve been really supportive. I’m super lucky. When I was a little kid they forced me to take piano lessons and from there I don’t know if they knew what they were getting into!