Meet The Songwriters Behind Niall Horan’s ‘Slow Hands’

As the One Direction boys go their own directions, we can’t stop bumpin’ Niall Horan’s latest single “Slow Hands.” But, you might actually recognize the two songwriters who lent a hand in helping Horan with this sexy funk pop song.

On Twitter, Horan did a Q&A with fans about his yet-to-be-titled upcoming album. He revealed that he collabed with songwriters Julian Bunetta and Tobias Jesso Jr. on the cheeky track about a girl who wanted to take him back to her place.

Both Bunetta and Jesso are no strangers to songwriting. They’re beasts in the game and noted for their hit-making skills.

Directioners may remember Bunetta, who wrote and produced for every album between Take Me Home and Made in the A.M. Most notably, Bunetta is credited for writing and co-producing the No. 1 bangers “Best Song Ever” and “Story of My Life.”

Hailing from L.A., Bunetta started playing the drums when he was three years old and has also written songs for Jason Derulo, Natasha Bedingfield, Little Big Town and Hillary Duff.


Next up is JUNO Award-nominated Tobias Jesso Jr. who’s famous for co-writing Adele’s smash hit “When We Were Young.”  Not too shabby for the Vancouver native. If that weren’t impressive enough, he also co-wrote “Alive” with Sia.

Vancouver-born Jesso’s 2015 debut album Goon made the Polaris Music Prize shortlist and he was nominated for the 2016 JUNO Award for Songwriter of the Year. In addition to his exciting collabs, he also has his own heartfelt indie songs like “Hollywood,” “How Could You Babe” and “Without You,” in which he linked up with Danielle Haim to play the drums. Jesso is the process of writing his sophomore album, and we can’t wait to see what’s next from this goon.

Don’t forget to tune into the 2017 iHeartRadio MMVAs on June 18 for Niall’s Canadian TV debut performance along with Lorde, Post Malone, Arkells, Imagine Dragons, Iggy Azalea, DNCE, Jazz Cartier and Julia Michaels.