*cries because I know all that will come from this article is what he said about one direction*
LMAO. dani was just telling me that e! news or someone had already gone and taken his quotes about simon and zayn completely out of context. it’s totally unsurprising but still pretty lame lol.
i feel quite greedy, but all that article did for me was leave me wanting more. when he first started talking about his backpacking trip in interviews, i didn’t realize he’d brought his journal along with him and started writing it, which makes me so curious about what that was about, originally. like, did he set out wanting just to keep notes and those became songs, and if so, at what point did he realize that he was writing songs that he had to keep for himself because he couldn’t give them to another artist?
and like, i imagine artists in any profession have a lot of thoughts about why they do what they do; i wonder if niall would ever be asked or feel comfortable articulating why writing songs and making music and performing are - and seemingly always have been - the only thing he’s ever really wanted to do.
on a slightly different note, i wonder if he ever has any concerns about having gone so far before and maybe running out of new territory as an artist, or whether he’ll just be happy to have gotten over that hill of establishing himself as a solo musician. also, something about the way he’s got a whole new team around him now - his stylists and manager and promo team and reps and the band - and the way that makes him (in)directly responsible for them all by himself, and what on earth that must be like in terms of planning for the future and grappling with his own and everybody else’s expectations of his success.
it’s been so interesting hearing from him again and again, confirming his own quotes, that he didn’t want 1d’s schedule and the sheer amount of attention they got, whether that means being able to leave the hotel while they’re on tour or having the luxury to take public transit. and, of course, being able to dedicate extra time to his album to ensure that it’s as good as he’s able to make it! cuz there’s maybe not as much overhead as there was with 1d (on a financial level and in the sense that 1d always seemed to have to escalate degree of success). and the inevitable question that follows, that is, ‘but what if you do become as successful as 1d was?’ let alone more so? i can’t imagine he’s put too much thought into that one because 1d was monumental, but it strikes me as super interesting to ask, especially in light of him saying that he has to ‘try at least to get somewhere near it.’