Niall Horan Reveals The Advice He Got From Justin Bieber

Being a solo artist is no easy task, especially when the majority of your career has been spent sharing the stage and PR responsibilities with three or four friends. But this is the situation that newly solo artist Niall Horan finds himself in and one that, according to some of the biggest names in music, Horan will have no issue conquering.

No longer alongside his One Direction bandmates Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and at one point, Zayn Malik, Horan is solo on the latest cover story for Billboard Magazine. With his first two solo singles “This Town” and “Slow Hands” both landing near the top of the Billboard 100, the question of whether Horan can make it on his own has been answered. While his fans have proven that there’s life for Horan’s new sound after One Direction, many of his famous friends knew this all along.

In the new issue, Horan reveals that his love of classic rock bands has not only influenced his sound, but also his friendships. During a trip to Toronto, Horan met Eagles frontman Don Henley, with the two now speaking weekly. Of Horan, Henley says, “Niall is a solid guy whose focus is right where it ought to be: on songwriting. He’s got the Irish charm and a healthy, self-effacing sense of humor, which is an essential ­survival tool in this business. I think that Niall will evolve into a resonant, thoughtful voice for his generation.”

This statement was echoed by fellow iHeartRadio MMVA nominee Shawn Mendes, who has become a friend and musical collaborator with Horan. “I’m pretty nervous in front of other celebrities still, but he’s so calm and chill,” says Mendes, recalling one of the first times the pair met and exchanged musical ideas. “We just started jamming out, and it didn’t feel like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to be good in front of him.’ It was complete fun, no ego, like the reason you play music in the first place.”

As for another male pop star that has endured his own ups and downs in the music industry, Horan says Bieber had sage advice for him when recording his album. “Bieber told me that you never really know when you’re finished,” says Horan, who has yet to announce a title or release date for his solo effort. Let’s hope sometimes tell Niall he’s done soon. We want more jams.

Don’t miss Niall Horan perform for the first time at the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards on Sunday, June 18 at 9E/6P.

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