Louis Tomlinson drops earthy ‘Bigger Than Me’ music video and shares how he found artistic freedom after One Direction

Louis Tomlinson has faith in a future where he is allowed to dream big, call his own shots and, perhaps most importantly, welcome all the ways he can change along the way. Shortly after announcing that his second album Faith in the future is set to arrive Nov. 11, the 30-year-old singer-songwriter has released a new music video for her latest single “Bigger Than Me,” opening up in a new interview about all the post-A direction creative freedom he has enjoyed while making his upcoming record.

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In the music video, which arrived Friday (Sept. 2), a pensive Tomlinson walks through stunning, lush outdoor landscapes lit by the setting sun, picking up stray pieces of wood along the way. When he finally reaches a fire – the sun is completely down – he throws the wood into the flames and watches them burn.

“When somebody told me I wanted to change, I was scared, I don’t know why,” he sings on the track, first released the day after he announced Faith in the future on Aug. 31. “Because the world outside does, I realized, and it’s bigger than me.”

In a new interview with Official Charts, Tomlinson opened up about the making of his new album, which he calls his most “sonically ambitious” project yet. He also reveals that the free time he experienced while locked down during the global pandemic gave him the first freedom he needed to start making Faith in the futurewhose title he said he had thought of “before anything else.”

“I actually tweeted it for the first time, without any context, last year,” he shared. “I felt this magnetism to the phrase. With that statement, I’m not saying we can predict the future or that it will necessarily look brighter, but it inspires hope. Believe in that idea and you won’t be worse off.”

“With the first record, there was an element of me finding my feet and figuring out what it is that I could do,” he said of Wallshis 2020 debut solo album. “Deep down, I always knew what I wanted, but there was definitely a time when I asked myself, ‘Can I do this?'”

Tomlinson, who first rose to fame as one of five members of One Direction (along with Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Liam Payne), explained throughout the interview that the lessons he learned from making Wallsworking with him Faith in the future collaborators and finally taking advantage of the creative control he didn’t have while part of a boy band all helped him come into his own as an artist. There is one word in particular he repeats throughout the interview: free.

“All my experience from being in a band like One Direction, the experience was incredible, but it doesn’t feel that relevant to what I’m doing now,” the “Back to You” singer said. “The limitations, and they weren’t put in place by anyone in particular, I’m sure all the boys in the band will have felt their own version of this, you leave the band with this idea of ​​who you are. Ironically, who I was, was a member of a band.”

“I was not an individual artist,” he continued. “It took a little bit of working out exactly who I was. I had to figure out if I was willing to be brave and say ‘it’s in my head, so be it’. On this record was what I did.”

Watch Louis Tomlinson’s new music video for “Bigger Than Me” below:

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