Harry Styles has opened up about making the transition from a teen star in a boy band to a musician following his own career path, explaining that he finds solace in seeing how Billie Eilish continues close to her sudden rise to pop stardom.
Before his hotly-anticipated third album, ‘Harry’s House’, landed on Friday (May 20), Styles sat down with Zane Lowe for a 78-minute chat about the album’s birth, trip touring, Style’s creative process and his growth as an artist. and one away from the limelight. Eilish appeared at the end of the interview, when Styles candidly talked about how his art is now compared to how he approached it in the early days of One Direction’s split.
He explains: “I think for sure I had a really big moment when Billie Eilish first blew up. I think being in the band, I always felt… it was fun and exciting because we were young. And I had a moment, seeing her do this at such a young age, where I felt like, ‘I’m not young anymore.’
“For a while, it was like, ‘How do you play that game that is, likewise, still fun?’ And I just had a moment where I felt like, ‘Okay, we’re not the same.’ And in the same vein, like ‘You’re not always the youthful type,’ I said, ‘Okay, I really want to think about what kind of musician I want to be.’ ”
Styles went on to say that although he and Eilish were “[run] met a couple of times” over the past few years, he hasn’t spoken to her privately about how she inspires him. “From a distance, I feel incredibly grateful to her,” he said, “because I felt she felt as though she represented something there.
“It feels like that [she] said in a way like, ‘You don’t… Like, don’t worry about being this, ever.’ Because, you know, she’s a lot younger than me, and it doesn’t help when I have to say, like, ‘Okay, how do I get back here? How do I like, come back to like… She completely broke the spell for me, in a way for which I am very grateful. ”
Check out Styles’ full interview with Lowe below (they talk about Eilish around 1:15:30).
Earlier this month, Styles shared about the benefits of receiving therapy for his mental health, after initially hesitant to engage with it. He says he reluctantly started therapy about 5 years ago, at first “thinking it means you’re broken” and he feels it’s an industry cliche. music to seek help. “I wanted to be the person who could say I didn’t need it,” he says, noting that therapy eventually helped him break free of his “emotional” tendencies.
Styles recently debuted two songs from ‘Harry’s House’ in his Coachella 2022 title set. His performance during the festival’s first weekend saw him debut “Boyfriends” and “Late Night Talking”, while also bringing the chart-topping single “As It Was” to the air. first direct.
The artist also has a series of headline touring dates on the horizon, including ‘One Night Only’ gigs to ‘Harry’s House’ premieres in New York and London. From there, he’ll begin his world tour in the UK and Ireland – find any remaining tickets to those shows here – before kicking off his North American tour in August. Next February, fans in Australia and New Zealand will be able to catch Styles performing in stadiums.
Next week, Styes will be the latest artist to read CBeebies Story before going to bed for the BBC. He will read In every house, on every streeta story written by Jess Hitchman and illustrated by Lili la Baleine, described as “a heartwarming celebration of houses and the different families that live in them”.
https://www.nme.com/news/music/harry-styles-says-billie-eilish-broke-the-spell-of-him-feeling-lost-as-a-young-artist-3226963?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=harry-styles-says-billie-eilish-broke-the-spell-of-him-feeling-lost-as-a-young-artist Harry Styles says Billie Eilish “broke the spell” of him feeling lost as a young artist