James Arthur wants to give up pop for a rock ‘n’ roll band.
The 33-year-old singer-songwriter has revealed he is into rock and hip-hop, but feels he has been unfairly labeled a pop star.
He said: “I’m into rock and hip-hop. Once you have a hit that’s an acoustic pop ballad, people put you in a box that’s hard to get out of.
“I tried to introduce guitars because radio stations, in all honesty, don’t want to play rock or that kind of stuff. If I could, I’d probably drop all solo pop and start a band.
James also admitted that writing about his relationships can be difficult.
He and his longtime girlfriend Jessica Grist – who started dating in 2012 when she was a backing dancer on ‘The X Factor’ – recently ended their relationship, but James admitted he would continue to write about love because that’s what people love to hear from him.
He told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column: “The challenge is that people like to tell stories about me, the love stuff, but they’re trying to figure out how I can dress them up in a cooler way.
“I put a lot of myself into the music, a lot of my story, but I hope it helps other people too.
“I’ve never wanted to involve people in my personal life, although I know that comes with the territory, but I’m okay with putting myself out there.
“I am a great ambassador for mental health.
“Even though it makes me uncomfortable to talk about my personal struggles, I have seen how helpful it can be, so I will continue to do so, whether through music or interviews.”