11:23 pm - 12/16/2012

One Direction Q&A: Louis Tomlinson

The elder statesman of the group, Louis Tomlinson, 20, is also known in inside circles as the defacto leader and resident perfectionist in One Direction. In our conversation about being named Billboard's Top New Artist of 2012, Tomlinson doesn't exactly dispute the labels. "I'm a bit of a perfectionist so I have to be kind of be on board with every minor detail and [I'm] quite opinionated," he said. "It's quite important for me personally to be involved with the whole project."

Congrats on being named Billboard's Top New Artist of 2012. How does that feel?

It's absolutely amazing to have that kind of recognition in America. Obviously for boy bands it's huge - it's just so nice. To have this opportunity to come here and perform is amazing, never mind who has been recognized so far. At the end of the day we're having a good time. It's almost a cliché but it's so true -- if anyone hadn't bought a record we wouldn't be here.

This week in New York is certainly quite the culmination of the incredible year you've had - headlining and selling out Madison Square Garden, hosting a global fan convention and playing the Z100 Jingle Ball.

This week's been crazy, crazy busy but so much fun. We were all nervous that we were gonna be rehearsed in time [to play Madison Square Garden], then when we were finally onstage we got to relax.

Was it representative of what we might see from your 2013 World Tour, or was this more of a one-off?

That's kind of the thing with our shows, loosening the reins. We don't dance because we can't dance. Our shows, production-wise, are always quite minimal. We always try and keep it more about us having fun and stay away from gimmicks.

Going into 2012, what expectations did you have about breaking America? Did it seem impossible, knowing the challenges other British boy bands had before you?

I remember the flight over here when we first came to America when we were supporting Big Time Rush, we were delighted we even had that opportunity. We said, "Let's give it a go." I remember we said as a band we would be really, really happy with a top 20 album - that would be incredible. When we came off that first show our management was saying, 'This isn't your show. You might not see the reception you were expecting so just prepare yourself.' We went onstage terrified that people would be like, 'Who are these blokes?' We finally go onstage and we got an incredible reaction. And even at that stage we thought it was amazing that we're getting recognized here. We had no idea how the album was going to go. We were lucky enough to get to No. 1.

And didn't the fans at the Big Time Rush shows already know your songs?

Yeah the fans were chanting our names. They knew the words to the songs off the album that wasn't even out in America. The album's doing this and this on YouTube. They're singing all the words on the album charts as well. It was amazing.

That kind of fan frenzy made recording "Take Me Home" difficult as well, because you had fans waiting for you outside the studio singing the words to the hits from the first album while you're inside trying to create new ones. What was that experience like?

We were very blessed to have that when we recorded. We go to a show and a recording studio with 1,200 people -- that makes you a little bit nervous. You want to leave everything a surprise, because the last thing you want is the fans outside to hear the new material. But it was cool.

You largely worked with a lot of the same writers and producers as you had on "Up All Night." Why was it important to keep the same team this time out?

It was great but it was not as easy as you might think. It was great to have people like Carl [Falk] and Rami [Yacoub] and Savan [Kotecha] -- we feel comfortable around them and obviously get better vocal performances. But at the same time we had the opportunity to work with Dr. Luke, which was amazing, and we had Julian Bunetta, who wrote some of my favorite songs. We're in a very lucky position to be working with the people that we are. It's not just a band who've had a successful album, it's the producers as well.

Obviously One Direction's music is very pop. But what about your personal tastes -- what do you listen to?

My favorite music isn't necessarily the songs that One Direction come out with. That doesn't mean to say I don't secretly really love some of our songs, which I do. My personal tastes... I actually like quite a bit acoustic and more mellow kinds of things. I quite like American music, like The Fray, I'm a massive fan of them, and The Killers. I also like more acoustic stuff like Ed Sheeran, I like this English songwriter James Morrison and another singer called Ben Howard.

Do you have a favorite One Direction song?

Off the album my favorite is "Little Things," or "Back For You" which we all wrote and feels quite band-y.

You guys are about to film a concert movie with Morgan Spurlock. What can we expect?

We've been documenting stuff for a long time actually, just because it's important. We've had a crazy week and a crazy year -- it's important to document everything on the way really. I'm really excited about the prospect of the film, it's a great chance to all get across our personalities. The fans do know them to a degree, but they'll get a real chance to have a real insight on what our day to day is and exactly what we do.

Several people in your management and inner circle have described you to me as the unofficial businessman or leader of the group. Is that a fair assessment?

I've sometimes felt like that, but to be honest most of the time I'm the immature one who needs to be told to get focused. I'm a bit of a perfectionist so I have to be kind of be on board with every minor detail and [I'm] quite opinionated. It's quite important for me personally to be involved with the whole project.

It also probably helps that you're technically the oldest one in the group.

And in one month I'll be legal to drink in the U.S. So, summer 2013 -- watch out!

I didn't bold any of it because you should read all of it- it's flawless, just like Prince Louis.

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ramonaflowers 17th-Dec-2012 04:28 am (UTC)
like a young imelda staunton
tankmachine 17th-Dec-2012 04:30 am (UTC)
tankmachine 17th-Dec-2012 04:34 am (UTC)
myhipusername 17th-Dec-2012 04:40 am (UTC)

this should've been a post about zayn or liam or niall!!
dancemusic 17th-Dec-2012 04:31 am (UTC)

ellecain 17th-Dec-2012 06:13 am (UTC)
yess I am hf Louis hip thrusts
atheistkathleen 17th-Dec-2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
piratesswoop 17th-Dec-2012 04:32 am (UTC)
wasn't this already posted with the rest of the boys' responses
ellecain 17th-Dec-2012 06:13 am (UTC)
winterburg 17th-Dec-2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
oop, sorry :( just wanted to make a post about louis haha
smolderhotter 17th-Dec-2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
viva_espanyol 17th-Dec-2012 04:32 am (UTC)
My flawfree British prince. <3

jammyjam 17th-Dec-2012 04:34 am (UTC)
haha we are almost comment twins. totally unintentional! lovely gif, bb.
ourferocity 17th-Dec-2012 05:09 am (UTC)
lmao kevin
jammyjam 17th-Dec-2012 04:33 am (UTC)
this flawless prince right here
stellarlyssa 17th-Dec-2012 04:33 am (UTC)
cruel11 17th-Dec-2012 06:12 am (UTC)
one of my favorite gifs
noskidaddle 17th-Dec-2012 04:34 am (UTC)
goddamn i wanna be here for a louis post, but i got other things to do like win an Amazon gift card

ellecain 17th-Dec-2012 06:15 am (UTC)
Louis with kids! Why would you do that to me?!
noskidaddle 17th-Dec-2012 06:30 am (UTC)
because I had to suffer w that on my dash, so you should too.
rebecaqt 17th-Dec-2012 06:20 am (UTC)
fucking bow <3
cadaver11 17th-Dec-2012 04:34 am (UTC)
TL;DR but I love this beautiful British bastard!

Why must he be so beautiful and British?

cadaver11 17th-Dec-2012 04:38 am (UTC)

Edited at 2012-12-17 04:41 am (UTC)
ohwutevernvm 17th-Dec-2012 04:41 am (UTC)
cadaver11 17th-Dec-2012 04:42 am (UTC)
I agree, Jared.
rebecaqt 17th-Dec-2012 06:19 am (UTC)
ugh louis and jared. i can't anymore.....HOT
annieedison 17th-Dec-2012 04:48 am (UTC)


Edited at 2012-12-17 04:49 am (UTC)
ellecain 17th-Dec-2012 06:16 am (UTC)
flawfree comment imo
rebecaqt 17th-Dec-2012 06:21 am (UTC)
rebecaqt 17th-Dec-2012 04:39 am (UTC)
He is the perfect mix between cute, hot and sassy/mean. I love him so much ;__;
ohwutevernvm 17th-Dec-2012 04:40 am (UTC)
cadaver11 17th-Dec-2012 04:42 am (UTC)
roguedandelion 17th-Dec-2012 05:45 am (UTC)
I think lies there as they enter him
maryhurt 17th-Dec-2012 05:45 am (UTC)
he probably keeps making the other person laugh, and it's distracting but so good at the same time. #haventthoughtaboutit
ellecain 17th-Dec-2012 06:16 am (UTC)
crazy enthusiastic and up for anything
flawed_x_design 17th-Dec-2012 10:28 am (UTC)
mmm very.
But isn't he also constantly said to be the most romantic in the band? If so maybe you'd get a mix~
bloolikejazz 17th-Dec-2012 04:41 am (UTC)
Ugh he twerks that side bangs haircut+scruff so well. NHFT for this new semi-spiked up haircut him and Niall are trying to pull of. No.
lanavis 17th-Dec-2012 04:44 am (UTC)
I blame the stans on here, but I'm actually finding him less hideous than before. I think my eyesight is finally starting to go.
shahrazade_bard 17th-Dec-2012 05:11 am (UTC)
Ugh, me too bb. He's like the One Direction gateway drug, because now Niall could hit it too. God help us all.
rebecaqt 17th-Dec-2012 06:23 am (UTC)
yep. still the one im most attracted to
noskidaddle 17th-Dec-2012 04:50 am (UTC)
:D I am going to be conceited and blame it all on myself
chantemarissa 17th-Dec-2012 05:04 am (UTC)
Time to get your prescription filled, sis
colorzplosion 17th-Dec-2012 05:14 am (UTC)
he's got the 2nd best face. there is absolutely no denying it. (of course zayn's face is best by default)
cadaver11 17th-Dec-2012 05:45 am (UTC)
You have good taste, obviously.
Niall is still my bb though.
ellecain 17th-Dec-2012 06:17 am (UTC)
come to the dark side lan!
lfitzb 17th-Dec-2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
I've said it before and I'll say it again -

Sorry I hypnotized you

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