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One Direction writers: 'We want the music to be vanilla'

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One Direction's writers have said that the band's music is supposed to be "vanilla".

Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub and Savan Kotecha explained the secret of the five-piece's cross-Atlantic success to Billboard.

Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball 2012: One Direction

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"It felt like everyone tried to do boybands by going to the cool, hip producers who were coming up," Kotecha said.

"We wanted to make it very vanilla. You're aiming for teens and tweens with boyband guilty pleasure music. We weren't trying to be urban or rhythmic, and they happened to share the same vision."

Falk added: "Each of the songs have signature riffs - something so people can play YouTube versions of our songs. We wanted to do something where we didn't copy anything right off. We're trying to do our own thing a little bit, even if it's just guitar parts."

One Direction perform at Madison Square Garden in New York (03/12/12)

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The songwriting trio previously worked with veteran Irish boyband Westlife.

One Direction recently revealed that performing at the Olympics Closing Ceremony was the highlight of their year.

Watch the video for One Direction's 'Little Things' below:

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