One Direction’s fifth album, Made in the A.M., hits retailers on Friday — and to celebrate the massively popular boy band’s last album before going on a hiatus, EW caught up with the group to learn about the songs, albums, and artists that have inspired them over the years. Below, Liam Payne shares his picks.
Onstage, Liam Payne is a born performer. During One Direction concerts, he’s the one most likely to change up the songs as heard on the studio albums, adding trailing melodies and sky-high falsettos while providing added texture to even the most staid of tracks — like “What Makes You Beautiful” — thanks to his backing harmonies. “I do love being on stage,” he tells EW.
Behind the scenes, Payne boasts the second-most writing credits since their third record, Midnight Memories, when the band began taking creative control of their output in earnest. (Payne’s bandmate and frequent co-writer, Louis Tomlinson, has the most writing credits.) On Made in the A.M., Payne even has a producer credit on “Love You Goodbye,” one of his favorite new songs and one which Payne tells EW he would have loved to perform live if the band toured toured on this record. He also has, oddly enough, a string arrangement credit on MITAM opener “Hey Angel,” and he remixed “Drag Me Down” under the moniker Big Payno with Lunchmoney Lewis on the Perfect EP. “That is one of my favorite parts of [putting out a record],” he says. “Taking something One Direction and [remixing] it into dance music, because we’re not really the most … dance-music band in the world. This time we went for more of a trap sound, which was a lot of fun to do.”
Below, Payne, 22, talks about the performers that inspired him to become a singer-songwriter, and the musical influences that led him and his bandmates to their strongest outing yet.
‘Love You Goodbye’ is about that moment ‘when you come to the end of a relationship and you always find yourself seeing that person one last time. … If you can read between the lines’
One Direction’s fifth album, Made in the A.M., hits retailers on Friday — and to celebrate the massively popular boy band’s last album before going on a hiatus, EW caught up with the group to learn about the songs, albums, and artists that have inspired them over the years. Below, Louis Tomlinson shares his picks.
As one of One Direction’s most prolific songwriters — along with Liam Payne and 1D’s steady roster of songwriter-producer collaborators like Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott, John Ryan, and more — Louis Tomlinson plays a huge part in determining the band’s sound, one which has grown leaps and bounds since their debut album, Up All Night, was released four years ago. Their latest, Made in the A.M., is on track to be their best yet judging by the songs that have been released ahead of the Friday drop date. (And no, newly released “History” is not about departed band member Zayn Malik, despite fan and media speculation to the contrary. “People are always going to read into that kind of thing but actually, conceptually, ‘History’ is more about the relationship as a whole, you know? As a band,” Tomlinson tells EW. “We’ve all been through this together and we’ll never forget it but also we’ve been in this relationship with the fans and that’s … that’s kind of as far as it goes.”)
Below, Tomlinson, 23, reveals his inspirations and the songs that have helped him grow as a singer-songwriter-producer while touring and recording over the past five years.
The singer-songwriter shares the albums, songs and artists that have inspired him through the years
One Direction’s fifth album, Made in the A.M., hits retailers on Friday — and to celebrate the massively popular boy band’s last album before going on a hiatus, EW caught up with the group to learn about the songs, albums, and artists that have inspired them over the years. Below, Harry Styles shares his picks.
He’s easily the most recognizable face of One Direction and he may garner the most attention as the group gets ready to go on hiatus with the release of their new album. Depending on what you read, Harry Styles is either itching to launch a solo career or to continue behind the scenes as a writer. (He’s penned tunes for Ariana Grande, Alex & Sierra, and Meghan Trainor, to name a few.)
For now, Styles tells EW that he’s focused on launching Made in the A.M., a record the band is “very, very proud of. We’re looking forward to sharing it with everyone — we kind of want to get it out.” That may be an understatement: on Tuesday, One Direction released “Love You Goodbye,” joining “History,” “End of the Day,” and “Infinity” as early releases alongside singles “Drag Me Down” and “Perfect.”
Ahead, Styles, 21, talks about the albums and songs that shaped his and the group’s approach to the record. No surprise for anyone even tangentially familiar with Styles’ sartorial and musical tastes, the ’70s and ’80s play a huge role.