The Wanted was one of several boy bonds to rise out of the UK over the last decade. Like many of them, as success accumulated and years passed, band members decided to pursue individual projects and The Wanted went on an indefinite hiatus on January 22, 2014. More than two and a half years later, the band’s youngest member, Nathan Sykes, is finally ready to share more news on his solo efforts and new album, Unfinished Business.
“I’ve been working on this for two years. I’ve had the album title for two and a half years,” says Sykes. “I don’t want to announce an album title and ‘It’s out in a year!'”
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The delayed relay of information to the public was a nuanced decision for Sykes. While the success of The Wanted was well-deserved, Sykes didn’t want to piggyback on the laurels earned by the band for solo success.
“I wanted to make sure I was repositioning myself correctly as an artist and not using the band that I was in before to get success. I think one: that’s disrespectful to the band; two: disrespectful to the band’s fans,” says Sykes.
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The hiatus has done wonders for Sykes, who says he’s “never been happier” and is “in a really good place” in his life. The creative freedom has played a large part in that.
“It’s everything and more. It’s happiness,” admits Sykes regarding working on his own. “It’s less stressful. It’s calm. It’s really enjoyable and I’m loving every second. I’ve never been happier as an artist.”
“I can’t wait for people to hear it. It’s so different from what you’d expect me to do, maybe,” says Sykes, adding, “If people are expecting ‘Glad You Came: Part 2,’ buy a different album.”
Unfinished Business will be out on November 4th.
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