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James Arthur: 'My creativity was f**ked up on this album'

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James Arthur has said that he believes his creativity was hindered while making his debut album.

The 25-year-old 'Impossible' singer, who won the ninth series of The X Factor last year, revealed that being forced to work with several different producers meant that he could not "build up a rapport" with collaborators.

James Arthur at HMV in Oxford Street

James Arthur at HMV in Oxford Street



Speaking at a signing at HMV Oxford Street yesterday (November 4), Arthur said: "There are a lot of people that it's mandatory that you have to work with.

"I worked with several producers in America and several here, and for my next record I certainly won't be doing that. It's not conducive to being creative; it takes a couple of days to build up a rapport with a producer and then after that you're on to the next one.

"That f**ks up your creativity, so that's the only hindrance I've had on this record. But I knew there was going to be a lot of fathers on this record, but it's my debut. Next time I want to only work with one or two producers."

Arthur, who has worked with Naughty Boy and Labrinth, also revealed that he is still "developing" his style of music.

James Arthur album artwork

James Arthur album artwork



"I'm still developing my sound as a major label artist," he said. "I had a style before I was signed, but now I'm developing my commercial sound as well as trying to strike a balance between authentic music and music that the masses will love. I'll be really interested to hear how it's received."

The singer revealed as well that he has been working all year on the album.

"It was recorded throughout the year, almost every day I was in sessions," he said. "If I wasn't in the studio, I was doing a festival or doing some promo."



Adding that he is "relieved" that the album is out, he said he "would have liked to bring out the album sooner if possible".

"If I could, I'd have put three albums out this year," continued Arthur, who recently said it was "hard to avoid the hate".

"I've got that much material. But thanks to the success of 'Impossible', I haven't had to rush my album and I feel like we've got a better album than we would have done without that. Hopefully people will appreciate that more than getting a quick fix.

"I see this as the first step to becoming a fully developed recording artist rather than a defining moment."

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