South African artist Jeremy Loops has already played some of the world’s most prestigious venues (including a sell-out headline Brixton Academy show) with his high-energy music, and has since amassed over 234 million global streams, and growing. Loop announced his brand new album ‘Heard You Got Love’ and released the single ‘Better Together’ for which he joins forces with none other than Ed Sheeran.
‘Better Together’ is an incredibly motivational track that was co-written by Jeremy, Ed, and Sheeran’s frequent collaborators Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac. Ed and Jeremy first met a few years ago and instantly hit it off, where the duo got chatting at the private party that followed Sheeran’s first stadium show in South Africa. “He said I was a better loop artist than he is,” Jeremy jokes. “Very kind, but not true! But we are very similar artists, in many aspects of our jobs. We spent the night hanging out and talking shop, and he suggested we write together.”
The single release comes alongside the announcement of Jeremy’s long-awaited third album ‘Heard You Got Love’ – an album of head-bopping anthems perfect for sunny days ahead. The record also includes a very special collaboration with his childhood favourites Ladysmith Black Mambazo called ‘This Town’, which was released last year.
Jeremy is a self-taught musician that picked up his first guitar in university. As his love for writing grew, the South African penned melodies while working aboard superyachts where he worked his way up from deckhand to yachtmaster. Obsessed with squeezing music into every day on shore and evening on deck, Jeremy’s trusty loop pedal followed him around his tour of the seas.
Whilst working closely with the water, Jeremy was shocked to see the volume of waste in the industry. It is this experience that fuelled one of his many initiatives, Greenpop, the eco-project that has filled 400 green-free spaces with over 150,000 trees. As his career quickly developed, Jeremy has worked hard to offset any carbon emissions from touring and constantly puts social responsibility at the forefront of his movements. The long-time activist founded The Big Food Drive to deliver food supplies to some of the poorest communities in South Africa. The crowd-funded campaign built a food distribution network with other partners, that contributed towards 55,000 meals per week for 6 months for folks in need.
Jeremy has carefully merged these values into each corner of the record. He says, “My goal was to make something undeniably infections and every song speaks to something I care deeply about. This is the album I’ve always wanted to make and my hope is that some of the things I’ve written about will as much to others as they do to me.
‘Heard You Got Love’ allowed Jeremy to explore more technical aspects of recording than he has previously. The record came to life in Jeremy’s home studio in between daily dips in the ocean. Having collaborated with world-renowned artists such as Simone Felice (The Lumineers), Jake Gosling (Shawn Mendes), Tobias Kuhn (Milky Chance) and Carey Willets (Dermot Kennedy), Jeremy brought on a fleet of high end producers for the album,including Ed Holloway (Lewis Capaldi), Eg White (Adele) and Cam Blackwood (George Ezra).
Jeremy will set sail around the globe once again this year for his 2022 tour, stopping at London’s Apollo (Hammersmith) on Oct. 6. Jeremy Loop’s ‘Heard You Got Love’ is out July 8 via Decca Records.