One Direction’s forthcoming fifth album may be their last — at least for now. The band will take an extended hiatus sometime next year after releasing the collection this fall, but when speaking about the album, longtime One Direction producer and songwriter Julian Bunetta told EW that it features some of the group’s best songwriting and shows how far 1D has come musically in the past five years, even with thedeparture of Zayn Malik, who left One Direction in March.
Below, is an extended interview with Bunetta, who, in addition to talking about the guys’ “much-deserved break,” explains why “Drag Me Down” was the perfect first single to release, discusses the band’s evolving sound, and reveals how exactly they recorded the album.
Discover Paul Cocksedge’s new idea with “Change the Record,” a live, interactive performance that breathes new life into vinyl records by bending them into speakers for iPods. Cocksedge’s performance happens August 27 at the Roundhouse in London.
Change the Record takes an iconic object from the past - the 12” vinyl – and recycles it to enhance the sound of the very latest audio technology. Its an elegant way to let the music live on, and to reuse redundant records (Paul Cocksedge).
In case you missed it, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that the first six months of 2015 were the hottest on record ever. Even though it is still early on in the year, scientists are calling it early and predicting that 2015 will be the hottest year on record. The Independent reports: “It will mean that the three warmest years since records began in 1880 – 2015, 2014…
… it is so important to let certain things go. To release them. To cut loose. People need to understand that no one is playing with marked cards; sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Don’t expect to get anything back, don’t expect recognition for your efforts, don’t expect your genius to be discovered, or your love to be understood. Complete the circle. Not out of pride, inability or arrogance, but simply because whatever it is no longer fits in your life. Close the door, change the record, clean the house, get rid of the dust. Stop being who you were and become who you are.
So, I couldn’t resist popping down to Concrete last night. As part of London Design Festival, architecture and design mag Dezeen teamed up with designer Paul Cocksedge, whose ‘Change The Record’ event featured him and a team transforming 12" records into elegant speakers (no wires needed here, kids). I stumbled in fresh from charity shop acquisitions of The King & I and Ben Hur soundtracks (couldn’t decide until the very last moment).
As it turned out though, because the King & I record hadn’t turned out quite as well as I’d hoped, I picked an offering from the racks of records on offer, and lo and behold, found an old Todd Terry release put out by a once-popular Leeds club night I remember called Hard Times. I think it turned out pretty well. Oven-ready, you could say.