04 Jun 2017 20:15 IST

Niall Horan’s music inspired by Irish roots

He is set to release his debut solo record later this year

Former One Direction singer Niall Horan says his music definitely has Irish influences.

The Slow Hands hitmaker, who hails from Mullingar in Ireland, is set to release his debut solo record later this year, reported Contactmusic.

“I was recording a song a couple of weeks ago, and it’s kind of got a Damien Rice feel to it. The producer said to me afterwards ‘You have no idea how Irish you sound, when you hear this!’

“He played it back to me and I was like ‘JESUS! I sound Irish there!’ There’s a lot of that stuff on it,” Horan says.

The 23-year-old singer also quipped that fans will think he is an “emotional wreck” when they will hear the record.

“When you listen to it, you’ll probably just think I was an emotional wreck.There’s some really personal stuff on it.

It sounds really stalker-ish, but the way I write is that I could be sitting on a train and see a couple talking to each other and I’d think of a concept around the way that they look at each other or whatever.

“I don’t write all of the time from personal experience — sometimes I have concepts,” he says.