Ed Sheeran: The most successful looper pedal artist ever?

We’re ‘Thinking Out Loud’ here, but Ed Sheeran just might be the most successful looper artist the world has ever seen. In this blog, we explore how he went from looper pedal busking to sold-out stadiums, and how Sheeran Loopers put his performance flow right at your feet.

Alex Bunyan

Alex Bunyan

Ed Sheeran is a multi-platinum award-winning artist who’s famously known for being a one-man band on stage. And many people have pondered “how does he do it all?” To find out, you’ll need to go right back to his early gigging days, when he made a name for himself as one of the hardest-working musicians on the UK circuit. Read on to find out more…

Sheeran’s Early Days

Before Ed’s incredible mainstream success, he came from humble beginnings just like the rest of us. At a young age, he picked up the guitar and started writing songs that would eventually bring him the fame he has today.

After leaving school, Ed put everything into his musical career by playing as many gigs as humanly possible. His hard work started to pay off when he received acclaim from established artists in the music industry, leading to collaborations with the likes of Leddra Chapman and CeeLo Green.

However, he managed to propel his success through YouTube via SB.TV, eventually leading to him touring with Example. After hitting #2 on the iTunes charts with his independent EP No.5 Collaborations Project (featuring some of the UK’s hip hop & grime A-list, from Wiley to JME), his following grew even further. Staying true to his busking roots, Ed put on a free show in Camden Town where over 1,000 fans flocked to see him play. He even played on the street after the venue closed so that everyone could get in on the action. Before he knew it, he was signed to Asylum Records.

Mainstream Success

From doing free gigs to stadium tours, Ed Sheeran is the definition of global star. Since 2011 he has released 6 albums, all of which have dominated the charts, with numbers #1 hits like ‘A-Team’, ‘Thinking Out Loud’, ‘Photograph’, ‘Shape of You’, ‘I Don’t Care’, ‘Beautiful People’… A list that continues to grow.

Ed is also a keen collaborator, working with artists of all styles, including John Mayer (thought you might like that one), H.E.R, Eminem, Justin Bieber, Chris Stapleton, Bruno Mars, Stormzy, Elton John – wait did we mention John Mayer? Anyway, you get the point: Ed’s talent and musicianship have allowed him to work with artists across all genres which not only makes him one of the most liked people in the industry, but also the most versatile.

Ed Sheeran live in Manila

Sheeran By Lowden Guitars

In most recent years, Ed has been using his own brand of acoustic guitars – Sheeran by Lowden. These small bodied acoustics have been built with sustainable tonewoods sourced from naturally felled trees. For every tree used, another one is planted, saving the planet one guitar at a time.


Sheeran Loopers

Designed by Ed and his production team, Sheeran Loopers channel all his looping experience and song-crafting expertise to deliver playful pedals that put performance first. Focused on quick song creation and musical flexibility, they’ve been developed from the ground up, powered by custom Headrush DSP with Ed’s own workflow in mind.

He wanted to create something super intuitive to use, designed to let you loop and jam to your heart’s content while giving you the flexibility to customise your workflow and sound. Sturdy die-cast pedals and vibrant colour displays ensure equal parts durability and simplicity, with plenty of connectivity and out-of-the-box functionality to let you loop your own way.

The Looper + is a compact 2-footswitch dual-track looper designed for quick loop creation and portable performance, while the Looper X features a more comprehensive design with multi-track looping, unlimited loop lengths, 8 footswitches, and much more.

Ed Using Looper X

Sheeran Loopers are available to order from Andertons Music Co. Check out the links below to find out more:

Alex Bunyan
Alex Bunyan

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