Self-made singer-songwriter Lauv has always had a passion for making music and made his dream a reality.
Have you ever wondered how long Lauv has been making music for, or what his hobbies are?
His hard work and dedication to music reflect not only across his social media platforms but through his work alongside many famous singers and artists.
Here are 30 lovely facts about Lauv that you should know!
His birth name is Ari Staprans Leff. Ari means lion in Hebrew and his star sign is Leo, which is represented by the lion.
The name Lauv is the Latvian word for lion. He chose to use this name as his stage name because of family links with Latvia.
His mother Silvija Staprāns was a vaccine researcher and has Latvian heritage. Lauv’s father Stuart Leff, was a teacher. Lauv has 2 older sisters.
In his early childhood, his family moved from California to Atlanta, Georgia before they settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
As a child Lauv developed a passion for music, so he started by learning to play the piano and viola. This developed into his learning guitar when he turned 11.
He went to Radnor Middle School in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Lauv wrote his first song at age 14. Most of his songs at this age focused on heartaches and relationships, although he had never had those experiences himself.
He studied jazz at high school and played in many bands before he moved on to being interested in electronic music.
Somersault Sunday was Lauv’s first stage name and band. Under this name, he started posting his songs on MySpace. His first self-produced release was “Say Hello To The Ground.”
Lauv studied music technology at New York University’s Steinhardt School.
Lauv was a member of the famous Zeta Psi fraternity whilst at University.
During his studies, he had a year abroad studying in Prague, Czechia.
He also spent two years working as an intern at Jungle City Records in New York, where artists including Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and Justin Timberlake recorded.
After the release of his song “The Other”, in his final year of University, he signed his first publishing deal.
2017 was the year for Lauv. He co-wrote “No Promises” for Demi Lovato and Cheat Code’s collaboration. The song reached number 7 in the pop charts.
“I Like Me Better” first premiered in 2017 on Grey’s Anatomy.
Ed Sheeran and Lauv officially started the tour together on November 11, 2017, in Singapore.
Lauv dated American singer-songwriter Julia Michaels in 2018 for several months. They broke up by the end of the year.
On May 19, 2019, Lauv released his single “I Like Me Better” which earned platinum recognition in seven countries including the USA. It won gold certification in three countries.
“I Like Me Better” reached number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 list in 2019.
He has a pet dog called Billy, and in 2019 Lauv created his own video game called Billy Meets World. The game has a similar platform to Flappy Bird.
In January 2020 Lauv was criticized for his music video “Tattoos Together” for its similarities to The 1975’s music video for “Sincerity Is Scary”. He issued an apology via text to member Healy. The apology was welcomed.
The album sold the equivalent of 31,000 copies during its first week of being released.
His height is 5 foot 8 inches (172 cm) tall.
Lauv has “WHY” tattooed on his left hand and “TM” on his right wrist.
His favorite color is blue. He explained on Twitter that to him, the color blue “represents the more complicated and honest side of things. There’s a certain grounded raw emotion in it”.
Lauv is a passionate music producer and singer-songwriter who entered the music industry during his teen years.
He has had a global influence and has worked with a variety of artists on multiple projects and collaborations.
Why not listen to one of his latest songs, or even have a go at his dog’s game Billy Meets World.