Harry Styles’ third studio album Harry’s house is just days away from its release, and ahead of its arrival, the Grammy winner sat down with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe for an extensive interview about the album, work-life balance, and his mental growth throughout his decade in the spotlight.
He also noted how much Billie Eilish helped him get out of the need to be the youngest, most exciting star – and just focus on music. “Being in the group, I always had the impression that we were very young. We were just really young, and he was fun and exciting because we were young,” he said. “And I had a moment to see [Eilish] doing it at such a young age where I felt like, ‘I’m not that young more.’ And for a while, how do you play this game of staying exciting? And I just had a moment where I was like, ‘Okay, we’re not the same thing.’ And along the same lines, you’re not always going to be young, I was like, ‘Okay. I would really like to think about who I would like to be as a musician.’
And while Styles and Eilish have met a few times, Styles said he was “ffrom afar, incredibly grateful to her because I feel like she felt like she meant something to me that, I don’t to know. It was like, came in a way that was like, ‘Don’t worry about being that thing ever’, because she is much younger than me and it is useless for me to say, ‘Alright, how can I get back? ‘”
“She totally broke the spell for me in a way that I’m so grateful for,” he continued. “Maybe it’s weird because I never said her that, but for me, it just lets me go. It’s incredibly liberating to say, “I just want to make good music. That’s it. That’s what I want to do. And all the rest are you OK be. And that’s kind of it.
Styles has achieved his goal of making “good music”, as he revealed that Harry’s house is his favorite album right now. “I was kind of like, ‘I’d be really fun to do an album called Harry’s house, and I thought it was this little thing. And then it was back to this thing of, ‘Maybe it’s a album that I will do in four years or five years or whatever. And when I started making the album, I realized it wasn’t about location. It’s too much more of an internal thing. When I took that track, put it on the songs we were doing, I felt like it took on a whole new meaning and that was about to imagine it’s a day in My house. What am I going through? A day in my head, what am I going through at home?
“I play fun music. I play sad music. I play this, I play that,” he continued. “Feel stuff. Kind of like a day in the life. I like it all. And I think while he is obviously a lot more electronic in a lot of places than anything I’ve done, it’s also so much more intimate for me. And so much more intimately made […] It was like, ‘I’m going to play in my house and you can come and visit 100%, but I’m doing this because that’s what I want to listen to. And it’s my favorite scrapbook at the moment, and I love him so much.
Harry’s house was released on May 20. Watch the full interview below.