Poor Liam Payne played a show in Pittsburgh, flew to New York City in the middle of the night, and stayed up late enough to call Nick Grimshaw on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show for a quick interview. Sleep deprivation didn’t stop from him from gushing about the great audiences in America, their fifth album, and all the love between him and Zayn.
“We literally just finished recording the album a few days ago,” Liam said. “We have to record in hotel rooms with mattresses on walls, it’s really weird.” Remember the footage from the NBC TV special? Here’s Harry recording with producer Julian Bunetta in a little makeshift hotel room studio.
“This is the music we’ve always wanted to release,” Liam continued, brushing off the detail that the recording process took only one month while most other artists get years. When asked about the writing process, Liam said, “Me and Louis kind of travel[ed] around the world together,” and they met other singer/songwriters to work on content for the album.
Liam went on to talk about the release of ‘Drag Me Down,’ which Nick mentioned “broke Radio1” when so many fans tried to listen to it. In the past, One Direction had done big builds-ups to releasing new songs with the help of social media and teasers, but they often backfired with the song accidentally leaking. To avoid that with ‘Drag Me Down,’ Liam said, “We sort of went Beyonce-style, which was cool, being musical divas and just dropping songs out.”
Liam also appreciated Zayn taking the time to publicly tweet about how much he loved the new song. On Zayn leaving, Liam mentioned, “He’s off doing his own thing at the moment, which is cool, but it’s nice that [One Direction has] kind of banded together, and I feel like we’re stronger than ever now.” Liam then made it clear that there were no hard feelings between the bandmates. “[Zayn]’s happy, and congratulations to him on his new record deal.” Aww.
“You have to go and do what you want to do. Obviously, you know, like, One Direction was never Zayn’s sort of music,” Liam explained, mentioning all the songs he wrote with Zayn that never made it onto a One Direction album.
When asked when we can expect the new album to be out, Liam said that he’s bad at remembering dates, so he wasn’t sure. Oh, come on, Leeyum!
Liam ended the interview by describing the sound of ‘Drag Me Down’ as “a Police sort of vibe but with like a mixture of Maroon 5 and Avicii.” Drop it like Beyonce, sing it like Adam Levine! Now go get some sleep, Liam.