Olly Murs is a household name in the U.K., who co-hosts TV shows and releases No. 1 albums. And he’s hoping that his latest single, “Troublemaker,” might lend a hand in making the U.S. just wild about Olly as well — so he tapped into a mixture of British and American influences to craft the song’s sound.
Murs has enlisted some help to break in America. For his first trip over, he joined up with his X Factor UK friends One Direction. This time around he’s doing it American style with Flo Rida, who guests on his latest single, “Troublemaker.”
But it’s hard to take the U.K. out of the boy and so when he stopped by Radio.com, we had to ask if there wasn’t a little bit of influence from Jamiroquai on the track. Murs immediately set us right, saying that there was but the real production vibe he was aiming to hit was Maroon 5.
“I don’t feel it’s unfair to say ["Troublemaker"] is just Jamiroquai and Maroon 5 because I feel there’s lots of other artists who’ve got that same sort of vibe,” Murs explained. “I just decided to do something completely different, completely random and really just try and be creative. I’m really excited about it. The reaction from the UK and Europe so far has been amazing, as has it been in America as well. Fingers crossed it does well.”
For the album, Murs co-wrote with GRAMMY nominee Claude Kelly (Bruno Mars, Jessie J); Steve Robson (Rascal Flatts); Wayne Hector (The Wanted, Britney Spears); Andrew Frampton (The Script); and the TMS songwriting and production team (Emelí Sande). All are responsible for key UK hits several of which, like The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” and Jessie J’s “Domino” have become incredibly successful U.S. imports.
“I found that for me it’s not necessarily where I am, it’s the team that I’m with and the guys that I’m writing the song with,” Murs said. “All the stuff that I have wrote has been in the UK and it’s been great, very positive, and we wrote some amazing songs — songs that have been number 1 records…[when] I’m with my mates, so with people I get on with [and] people I’ve written with before, it’s a much easier process. It’s hard to tell at them moment, but I think the UK would probably be the best place to be for me to write my songs but, I mean who knows? My biggest hit might come from America, so who knows?”
Murs is poised to make a few big American splashes in support of his album, including being named VH1′s You Outta Know Artist for the month of Feburary and a live performance slot airing on The CW’s 90210 in April. Right Place Right Time will see it’s American release on April 16.