Fans were sent on a scavenger hunt today in a Pokemon-like quest to “catch” all the video clips left at hotspots around the world. The video, when compiled, was an interview with Louis about what it was like to create his single, Two Of Us, his strengths as a vocalist, what it’s like to perform on his own, and how savvy and loyal his fans are. Below is a transcript compiled by a fan of the entire video clip:
Yeah, it feels amazing to be back with new music. I feel like I’ve been waiting a while for this moment, so I’m kind of just eager, to ah, yeah, to get to promoting it, really. I’ve been trying to get it out as soon as possible, so it just felt like the right time and the right song, really.
I wasn’t really ready to write this song, and I knew that I needed to write it, but, um, there’s a lot of responsibility in writing a song like this, obviously. Um, I actually, in my head, I wanted to be further into my songwriting career to write this, y'know, massive song, and um, the writers bought the…I think it was the verse and the chorus to the song….and I heard it, and it just made so much sense to me, so um, yeah, I had…I had to get involved in the song, and obviously, relate to it first, for personal reasons, um, and I think it’s really powerful, y’know, but I also don’t want people to get caught up in, like, the sadness - like, I want it to be hopeful…y'know, if it could help one person who’s going through a shit time, who’s going through a not very good time, then yeah, that would be good.
It’s important on a song like this, when you’re recording it, to keep it natural and keep it real, um, so we didn’t do loads and loads of takes for this….I mean, um, it was important that we captured the emotion, obviously, um, and I think you can kind of hear that as it grew into the song. I mean, the first verse does sound pretty sad, but by the end of the song, hopefully, it is coming across more hopeful, and I sound like that too.
I think with a sentiment like this, um, and, y'know, the concept of the song, it needs to be simple, um, and beautiful, and honest, really, um, so from, y'know, the production side of things, it kind of…y'know, we wanted to go for a really organic approach to it, to, y'know, not overcomplicate it all or cheapen the lyrical concept, in any way.
One thing I do think I’m…as one of my strengths as a vocalist, once I get into the booth, I feel like I can really portray emotion, so um, it was cool. I mean, as I was going through actually recording it, I mean, there was times where, y'know, I’d kind of drift of and get into the song, and felt pretty emotional myself.
It’s very important for me, in my lyrics, to make it relatable and make it real - conversational - um, and it helps (because I’ve always kept people from home, where I’m from, Doncaster, close)…um, and those people always help ground you, and I think that…actually, I almost reflect that in my lyrics as well, because, y'know, I don’t want to be writing about things that people, y'know, don’t understand and can’t relate to. I want people to be able to feel stuff when I write about it, so it’s very important.
When I did the song with Steve Aoki…I kind of got a really amazing reaction from the different messages from people who were going through hard times, um, and that was really inspiring for me, because I had never really been in that position as an artist before, to have that kind of influence over something so hard-hitting, um, so, yeah, I’m kind of conscious of that with this song as well, and like I say, if it could just help one person, that’d be ace, yeah.
We wrote it, maybe three of four months ago now…um, and yeah, like I say, I wasn’t really ready to write this song yet - at least on my own. Um, so, y'know, once I heard it it just made a lot of sense, but I think I also needed the time to kind of process everything before I could, y'know, go anywhere near a song like this.
I think people do say, don’t they, it’s ah, it’s therapeutic writing, and I definitely felt that. Y'know, I feel…I feel better for getting this off me chest, creatively, definitely.
I think…I think it demonstrates, um, one area of the album, and the sound of it, and an album is absolutely what I am working towards, and what I have always been working towards. I’m really excited for the day that I can finally release the album. To be honest, I’ve got the bulk of it. I just need some more songs and I’ll be there.
I think it’s a very different, um, it’s a very different way of performing, on your own, y’know, when you’re used to having four or five people with you, but that’s where the fans really help, y’know, if I’m doing a performance, they - say if I’m doing a TV performance - and there is some fans in the room, I always find that elevates my performance.
They’re amazing. They’re so loyal, um, and that’s why - in a good way - I feel the pressure of getting this album out as soon as possible because they have been waiting so patiently and, um, yeah, they’re so loyal. Any time that I need them, they’re there in force.
It’s moments like that, when the fans get to show how savvy they are, and also loyal. Um, when the - it was like a ten second snippet of the track leaked - um, and I suppose, yeah, I was a little bit worried at first…I thought it might be the full song….but, yeah, it got took down really really quick, and they say they didn’t listen to it, which I think’s amazing, because I think I might have done.
I think I still kind of operate in the same way, as kind of just taking each day as it comes, um, because, y'know, things change so often in this job, and in life in general. I think just kind of enjoying it in the moment is important, and taking each day as it comes, yeah.
Louis’ single comes out March 7. Fans plan to stream it on March 7 and wait to buy it until March 8 so it helps with the charts.