Louis Tomlinson wishes he’d had the Chic to ask Nile Rogers to collaborate
THE New Year could be a bumper one for Louis’ fans after he revealed: ‘I have written over 100 songs.’
Eager to get back into the charts and try to nail his first solo No.1, the Just Hold On singer said: ‘I am going to be so f***ing relieved when I actually sign off on it and take a breather from writing. I am almost out of concepts.’
And a change of direction is on the way, Louis added. ‘It has been a very experimental time for me musically because my musical interest isn’t where radio is at, at the moment.
‘A lot of radio is r’n’b and hip hop. Growing up in the North, loving bands like Arctic Monkeys and Oasis, that’s not the type of music I want to make, I want to be the middle man.’
Louis, who says a ‘little pride’ stops him from whipping out his growing guitar skills on stage, explained: ‘I have been doing a lot of experimenting. I have upped the ante with the level of producers.’
But he is kicking himself he didn’t ask Nile Rodgers for a collab after the Chic legend helped him at his X Factor Judge’s House in Ibiza. ‘I need to grow a bigger pair of bollocks to be honest because it did cross my mind,’ he mused. ‘Just sitting in his presence and listening to his stories and the incredible people he worked with…. what blew me away was he was so f***ing humble. So cool. So down-to-earth — his CV is f***ing ridiculous. He doesn’t need the celebrity or glitz.’
■ SITTING on the other side of the X Factor desk has made LOUIS feel less ‘judgmental’ of acts trying to emulate 1D’s global domination.
He confessed: ‘I was a little judgmental watching from home, but when you are sat in the seat, all I can do is be taken back to how I related to that situation, and its myself being on there. As viewers we expect a lot of these people. We forget that even the idea of performing in front of 3,000 people and four judges — it’s like nothing else.’
Recalling his own deer-in-headlights moment, he said: ‘The career grows as the show goes on, but that first audition — it was one of the most nerve-racking times of my career.’
After mentoring 24-year-old Dalton Harris all the way to winning this year’s X Factor, Louis called his dream-making role ‘amazing’, adding: ‘Being sat in the seat you feel the emotion and importance of the situation.’
Author: Andrei Harmsworth