One Direction still has plans to reconvene after their extended hiatus, according to band member Liam Payne, who’s the latest star to cover Attitude magazine this month. In a wide-ranging interview, he spoke about his future as a solo musician and what’s ahead for 1D after the release of their forthcoming fifth album.
“I realize now this is the time to start branching out and exploring,” Payne told the magazine. “This won’t last forever, and there will be a point when we will break off and do our own things, but… we will work together again.”
Payne said the cover shoot was the “first time I have done something on my own,” and said that he hopes to get into songwriting, production, and business as a solo artist. “I want to target every part of the industry,” he said.
“A lot of people say to me, ‘Oh, you’ll go solo,’ but I haven’t thought about that. If the right song comes along and I think I should sing it, then I will release it as a solo artist. Otherwise, I’m happy being behind the scenes. When the others boys [in the group] go solo, I would love to write songs for them. I want to make great music that people want to listen to.”
Payne has already dabbled in solo work by remixing 1D songs, calling them “Big Payno remixes.” So far, he’s reworked versions of “You & I” and “Steal My Girl.” Earlier this summer when EW caught up with longtime One Direction producer Julian Bunetta, who worked with Payne on the remixes, he said there may be some more coming. “I’m sure he would want to,” Bunetta told EW. “He loves doing it. I hope he does.”
Head to Attitude for more on Payne.