28th february 2013

New Olly interview on Digital Spy: 'I never expected to get this far'

When Olly Murs finished second on The X Factor back in 2009, nobody could have predicted the success story he has become. Three albums into his career, the Essex singer is tipped for global domination and appears to be going from strength to strength. Digital Spy caught up with Olly to talk about his impending international stardom and what his plans are for the next album.

Congratulations on all of the success with Right Place Right Time. You must be chuffed with the response it received?
“It’s been absolutely fantastic. When you release a third album there’s always that worry that it’s going to be on the way down. It looks like this one could be the biggest selling album I’ve had.”

It must now place you as the most successful X Factor male?
“Yeah, thanks very much. To be the most successful male from The X Factor is a big achievement and I’m chuffed with that. I just want to keep doing what I’m doing and be even more successful in the future. That’s what my aim is really.”

You’ve become one of Sony Music’s priority artists over the last few years. Did you ever think you’d reach that level?
“It’s been a tough three and a half years for me to try and convince people. They look upon the X Factor in a weird way, so I’ve had my battles to be recognised as one of the best male artists in this country. I always feel like a bit of an underdog and I always work really hard.”

‘Army Of Two’ is the new single. Why did you decide on that song for your next release?
“It was actually going to be the first single, but due to timings 'Troublemaker’ was a better song to release. So 'Army Of Two’ was always tipped to be a single from the early stages. I think it’s a really great song. It’s about my fans and my relationship with them. I don’t get enough credit for it really, but all my singles are very different. This song for me is much more mature and has a band-y vibe to it, which I haven’t done before.”

Have we got a few more singles from this album to come after?
“Yeah definitely. I’ve released a new album every year, but were definitely not going to be able to squeeze one in this year. So there will be more singles to come from this album and we really want to showcase the qualities on it. There will be a couple more in the next year because we’ve got so many exciting things coming up.”

So we can expect a new album next year?
“Oh yeah for sure - I wouldn’t leave it too long. It’s just this year there is so much going on. This album is the best I’ve done, so it needs breathe and for people to hear it. I’ve got a lot of travelling to do because I want to crack all the international markets.”

Have you been handed a hectic schedule?
“Yeah, but I remember when I walked on The X Factor I wanted to change my life - this is what I wanted. I told Simon Cowell and the judges that I wanted to be an international superstar. I don’t know how much I believed that at the time. I suppose now - I’m not an international superstar - but I’m living that dream by travelling around the world. I never expected my career to get this far.”

This is an apt time to congratulate you on the international success of 'Troublemaker’. How are things going Stateside for you?
“It’s always tough being away from friends and family. I’m very much a home-boy. I love being in the UK - it’s a great place to live. America is good fun and it’s a great experience for me. You only get one chance, so you need to take it with both hands. I’m over there working hard and fingers crossed, it will all pay off.”

You’ve filmed a bit for 90210 - how did that go and is television acting something you’d like to pursue further somewhere down the line?
“It was good to be a part of that show and I get to play myself. They scripted a performance into the show and that’s kinda what my role is - it’s nothing amazing. I’m definitely not going win an Emmy for it! It’s a great show for me to be a part of. Acting is something I would love to do in the future, but obviously I’m focussed on music at the moment.”

'Troublemaker’ has been a hit across Europe and Australia too, so where else have you got left to visit?
“Oh everywhere! I’m in France next week and I’ve got Italy coming up. I’m off to Australia and New Zealand, so I’m definitely going to get a few air miles this year. So I should be able to get some decent flights, which is nice - start building the points up!”

You previously said that Flo Rida wants you to be on one of his tracks - have you done that yet, or you still waiting for the call?
“I haven’t just yet. Obviously I need to wait for him and he knows where I am if he wants me to be a part of it. I’d love to because he’s a great artist. I’ve just got to wait and see what people say, but it would be a pleasure to work with him again.”

Are you looking forward to joining Robbie Williams on tour this summer?
“Of course - it’s going to be one of the highlights of my career. It’s an incredible feeling to know that he asked me to support him on his tour.”

Will you be joining him on stage at any point?
“I think at this moment it’s too early days to say. Robbie will be planning what he’s going to do over the next few months, but if he wants me to be a part of it, I wouldn’t turn that down for sure.”

Which song would like to join him on stage for?
“Oh, I dunno. It’s got to be an uptempo one. Maybe 'Kids’. Or even 'Candy’ or 'Rock DJ’. Maybe 'Millenium’. That would be quite cool. He might not even want me on stage, so you never know. We’ll see what happens.”

Olly Murs’s new single 'Army Of Two’ is available to download now and will be officially released on March 10.