Louis Tomlinson Says Oasis & Arctic Monkeys Inspired His Solo Career

Louis Tomlinson
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Louis Tomlinson

"I grew up loving bands, so I like really organic instruments -- I like a lot of guitar."

Louis Tomlinson didn't have to look far from his hometown for inspiration for his hit single "Back To You," featuring Bebe Rexha. Although "Back To You" is best characterized as pop, the One Direction member cited fellow countrymen northern-England based rock bands Oasis and Arctic Monkeys as his primary musical inspirations in an interview with MTV News.

"I grew up loving bands, so I like really organic instruments -- I like a lot of guitar" the singer said. "Because I'm from the north of England, naturally everyone's kind of obsessed with Oasis, you know, and also, you know, Arctic Monkeys." 

Tomlinson, who emphasized that he aims to make songs that are "more grounded" than the "Hollywood-ized" and "almost unrealistic" situations found in other songs, also mentioned the bands' writing styles as important to his artistic growth.

"The way that they write, I've always found very interesting," he said. "Because, you know, if you look at a pop song fundamentally, lyrically it's very different [from] the conversational style the Arctic Monkeys or Oasis might use. And that's exciting to me."

Watch the full interview below: