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Following a successful year which has seen them bag three top ten singles, Lawson have finally released their debut album Chapman Square.

The collection has been four years in the making, so Digital Spy caught up with Andy Brown, Ryan Fletcher, Joel Peat and Adam Pitts to talk about the influences behind the music and if there is anyone they'd like to collaborate with in the future.

Congratulations on all of your success this year! Are the three singles we've heard a good indication of what we can expect from your debut album Chapman Square?
Adam: "I would say yes, but the album has loads of different sounds on it. There's some big rocky numbers and then there are some slower acoustic tracks. There's also some big uptempo, dancey ones, so it's got a bit of everything, which we really wanted to achieve. It's not all one type of song, it's all quite varied."

Are there any moments on the album that you think will surprise fans?
Joel: "There's a song called 'Learn To Love Again' - it's one of the more recent tracks that got put on the album - and so it reflects what we've been developing towards. It's one to be excited about."

Parts of the album sound quite American...
Ryan: "We've been influenced by a lot of American artists. We did most of the recording in the US so we were surrounded by country music, where songs tells stories. It's amazing, so we took a lot from that."
Joel: "Ed Sheeran's also been a big influence as he writes songs about things people can relate to. We wanted to capture that as well."

Lawson 'Chapman Square' album artwork.
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Your music is very guitar-led, which is rare amongst all the dance music in the charts at the moment. Were you ever concerned about that?
Adam: "We were definitely nervous, but we never considered becoming more dancey. It was a risk for us and our label because the Top 40 at the moment is dance and R&B. So many bands - even the massive ones - can't get into the Top 10, but so far, for us, it's paid off. Hopefully it's getting more guitar-led, because the chart is missing great rock bands."
Ryan: "Even though we make pop music, it's guitar-led and our stuff is rock-based."

Although you're not strictly a boyband, you share the same target demographic as One Direction and The Wanted; do you think being a band of instrumentalists gives you the edge?
Adam: "It's weird because we're not necessarily trying to appeal to that fan base, but those fans come on board quicker than older fan bases. If they like the first single they'll start supporting us straight away, whereas people over 20 have to hear an album.

"I think I'm the same. If I hear a single I'm like, 'That's cool', but I need the album to really get into a band, so hopefully when our album's out, there will be more of a varied fan base. Obviously, it's nice singing to our female fans, but it'd be nice to see some lads singing along too."

We suppose the festival performances have been good helping with that as people who aren't traditionally Lawson fans may have checked you out.
Ryan: "As soon as anyone sees our live show - even if they go in as a sceptic - everyone I've come across has said they were surprised by our live performance. I don't know what they expect from us when they do come to see us, but we catch a lot of people off-guard with how rocky our live show is."

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Behind the scenes on the video shoot for Lawson's new song 'Standing In The Dark'


You write the majority of your own material; do you think that's important for an artist or act to do?
Andy: "Yeah, we write everything and I think it's important. You can't really express yourself if you're singing a song that doesn't really mean anything to you. I think that's why Adele's done so well - you can hear the emotion when she sings. We have nothing against people who don't do it - if someone writes a smash hit for you, then that's great - but we like to be hands on everything."

There are no collaborations on the album, but is that something you're looking to do in the future?
Joel: "Yeah, we'd love to. We've been talking recently about who we'd like to work with and I think it would be really good to get a female vocalist on one of our tracks."
Ryan: "Some opportunities did come up towards the end of recording the album, but we just didn't have time to do them."
Joel: "We'd quite like to do a country song with Katy Perry or a big rock number with Jessie J."
Adam: "I quite like it when you get an artist singing something out of their genre. I loved the Rihanna and Coldplay song and it was the best Rihanna's voice has sounded. Putting her on a rock track emphasised her powerful voice and brought something else out of it. Katy Perry on a country song could be wicked, so we'd love to do something like that."

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You've been touring Europe, so going into 2013 is cracking the international market going to be a priority for you?
Andy: "It's definitely a priority. Touring Europe has been amazing, but hopefully next year we'll be doing stuff in America too."
Adam: "We're going to South East Asia as well, so that will be amazing too."

X Factor contestants are now allowed to sing their own songs on the show. Is that a good idea?
Ryan: 'I think that's great. It makes it even better."
Joel: "Every single song in every single show should be an original."
Ryan: "If you're performing your own songs, surely that's showing off even more of your 'X Factor'."
Joel: "It gives us a feel for who they'd be as an artist. If they're getting signed after the show, you want to be able to see them at their purest form. If they've written the song, then you get to hear that."

Lawson's debut album Chapman Square is available to buy now.

Watch the music video for Lawson's 'Standing In The Dark' below:

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