Liam Payne has become the fifth and final member of One Direction to go solo, with Zayn, of course, leading the way in 2016. Though, he told Billboard he considered skipping the solo-career.
“To be honest with you, I wasn’t going to do a solo venture,” says Payne, who co-wrote songs on each of One Direction’s five albums. “I was just going to go into songwriting and carry on and do that. But then I was like, ‘You’ve been trying to do this since you were 14 years old. You would be ridiculously stupid to turn down the option to have a deal.’ Coming out of the band, we had some pretty good opportunities around us. I had to do something.”
The Quavo-featured track, “Strip That Down” is definitely a different style than Liam’s 1D records. Payne says he has always been more into hip-hop music, and it shows in this release.
Aside from Liam, Quavo, and Steve Mac, Ed Sheeran is listed as a writing credit for the single. According to Payne, Ed called him while the band was just landing in LA promoting their latest album Made In The A.M.
“I was in a gym in L.A., and I got a call that said ‘You have to get to London now,’” Payne recalls. “And we had literally just gotten to L.A., so we U-turned straight back to London — which of course you do for Mr. Ed Sheeran, because I’d do anything for the man. We went in, sat around and discussed a bunch of things about life, and [the song] basically just came together.”
Sheeran also had a hand in writing a few One Direction hits.