Niall Horan Reveals How Working Solo Compares to His One Direction Days
It's only a matter of time until we hear Niall Horan's first solo record in full. We've slowly been piecing together all the details from our exclusive roundtable interview with One Direction's Irish cutie two months ago in Singapore. He has already revealed his favorite song from the album, shared how his Boracay trip somehow inspired his songwriting
We were curious to see if there was any major change from jumping into a solo career after spending years working with four other guys in One Direction. Here's what Niall had to say about it:
"I always kind of wrote on my own anyway. I prefer to keep it small because if it's all of us going at the same time, it's like everyone shouting over each other. It gets a bit crazy. I always kind of preferred to take a second and just play my own and not worry too much. It hasn't really changed that much for me, the writing thing. Although you know when we were One Direction, we would write specific types of songs for different times on the album. Whereas this time, I'm just kind of, whatever came to mind that day, I would just pick up a guitar and play or sit at the piano and play it. And not really overthink anything. Whatever comes out, happens."
I always kind of preferred to take a second and just play my own and not worry too much. —Niall
We also asked if there were any artists he would want to collaborate with in the future. He spilled that the song he had in mind for a future collaboration would have a country feel. He shared, "I need to find someone that's going to sound really nice on it. I love the idea of collaborating; I don't think enough of it happens. It happens a lot in the R&B world, in the Dance/EDM section but not so much in our world, really. It happens every now and then, but I'd like to think we would do more of it."
He also said that schedules and timing play a pretty important role in collabs. He pointed out how people have been asking him and Shawn Mendes when they'll work on a song together. He said, "Everyone talks to me about 'when are you and Shawn Mendes gonna do something?' He's in Portland, Oregon today and I'm in Singapore. So if you can find time for us to work together, I'd give you money for it." OMG, can somebody make this happen already?
Until then, we'll have to play Flicker on repeat until he and Shawn get together to record something for us fans. Have you pre-ordered yours yet?
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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song
By: CJ Reyno
Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?
Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.
You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.
As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”
I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend
Here's a fan art that I made for Lee Joo Young of Itaewon class! I've been making digital illustration since last year and I'm happy that I was able to see my improvements. I'm also happy to see people's reactions and support for my craft even though all of it are made through my phone (adobe illustrator) only ????. You don't actually have to use expensive or complicated medium as long as you know how to be creative and like what you're doing, then you can do it. ????