I was just doing my hair when the doorbell rang. I opened the door, and there was a tall, fit man standing there with a bottle of whiskey in his hand. “Hello, can I help you?” I said. He looked at me with a charming, mischievous grin and said, “I hate to bother you, but I think you have the kind of face that I could use on a label. Would you like to be in my next commercial? You can be the poster child for my new whiskey.” I was quite impressed by this man’s confidence, and flattered that he thought I could be helpful to his product. So I said, “Yes, I would like that very much.” This is how my life changed in an instant.
I was born and raised in England, and Harry Styles is one of the most popular British bands of all time. The group’s debut single, ‘Sign of the Times,’ became a huge worldwide hit, reaching number one in over 20 countries. They went on to sell over 30 million albums globally, making them one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. In the U.S., where they’re better known as the ‘Harry Styles’ or ‘HS’ band, 15 of their singles have reached the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, with ‘Sign of the Times’ (again) being the highest charting, at number 12. They also have a Grammy Award for best pop duo/group performance.
This year, the band is celebrating their 25th anniversary with a world tour that will take them to cities like Seoul, London, and Sydney. They’ve also announced that they’re going to release a new album this summer, and are setting the release date for today, May 15th. The track list for the album has not been revealed, but it’s rumored to include a collaboration with Lana Del Ray (who has a song on the album), as well as a song with Kendrick Lamar titled ‘Sober.’
Styles recently finished a stint as a judge on The Voice Australia, where he helped mentoresses Kimberley Joseph and Tristan McKevitt reach the live shows. Joseph went on to become the competition’s first-ever winner, while McKevitt was eventually eliminated. Now, they’re both enjoying superstar status in Australia, with Joseph becoming the country’s darling and McKevitt being celebrated for his unique fashion choices (specifically his use of color, predominantly in red and white).
On the film side, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the greatest directors in Hollywood. My latest film, The Banker, was directed by William McGregor and stars Robert Pattinson, Charlie Heaton, and Olivia Taylor Mummy. It’s about an aging heiress who’s forced to team up with a nosy bank manager to retrieve her stolen inheritance. While the film wasn’t that popular at the box office, it did well with audiences and received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Pattinson’s portrayal of the nosy bank manager was praised by critics and audiences alike, as he expertly straddles the line between funny and obnoxious while never losing sight of the character’s menace. Just one more example of my diverse work. I also have a role in the upcoming Quentin Tarantulin film, The Hateful Eights, which is due out next year.
I’d been listening to a lot of Rob Pattinson’s music, so when he asked me if I wanted to be in a band with him, I was extremely excited. He is one of the most talented and charming young men I’ve ever met. I had known him for many years, as my dad had been friends with his mother, Kate, and we had even stayed at their house in Scotland when I was a child. Robert and I quickly became a pair, and my path was never the same. We started talking about music, and he told me about the different themes and ideas he had for songs. He also had been writing music for a while and was looking for other musicians to help him bring his ideas to life. We decided to form a band, which we named ‘Robert Pattinson,’ after himself and I. We immediately started writing songs, and within a few weeks, we had a set of demos. Robert had been writing the music, while I was responsible for coming up with the lyrics. We felt that a lot of the songs needed some work, so we spent a lot of time rewriting them.
When the band played its first show, we were blown away by how many people showed up to see us. Many music magazines and websites wrote about our show, and we started getting a lot of attention. The following month, we played our second show, and this time, there were even more people there. We loved playing to crowds, and eventually, that’s what led to our big break. Our third show was at the end of May, and it was on this night that a few record companies came to see us play. At the end of the night, the CEO of one of the labels approached us and said that his company wanted to sign us. We were ecstatic that a record company had taken an interest in us, and a few weeks later, we signed a deal worth a massive amount of money.
After the whirlwind of success that followed, we went back to our regular lives as friends. We still hang out with each other and enjoy playing music together. But for professional reasons, we couldn’t be more different now. I play in a band called ‘Myrick,’ which is made up of some of the best musicians in the industry. We also have another side project called ‘Luminous,’ which is made up of some of the most talented and established producers in Nashville. In the past year, we have released two EPs and toured the U.S. and the U.K. frequently. We also played some festivals, including Coachella and Bumbershoot.
When I started working with Robert, the idea was to form a straight-up rock band similar to the ones I saw on my dad’s old records. But as our sound developed, we found ourselves in a position where the genres of music we were playing were changing. This is common when you have an artist who is constantly exploring and changing, but it was still a challenge, as it was hard to find musicians who understood and embraced this change. We started looking for a bass player, and after a few months of searching, we finally found someone who fit the bill perfectly.
We have been on the road for most of this year, and we have seen so many incredible things. We’ve played some of the biggest venues in the world, and every night, we’ve looked out onto a sea of people who have come to see us. It’s an incredible feeling. For someone who always likes to keep her head down and work hard, it’s been a dream come true. This year has flown by, and it’s already been quite the journey. But now, it’s time for us to come together and have some fun. We’re looking forward to playing some shows and seeing some of our fans again. This year has definitely been an evolution, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.