After smashing success as part of the U.K.-based band One Direction, Niall Horan is making a name for himself by releasing solo work with a new, unique sound. Ahead of his anticipated debut album, he released the single “Slow Hands,” which went to No. 1 in 44 countries and has a distinctly catchy stomp-and-clap beat and chorus. He is currently working on and writing for that album, where he is accompanying himself on piano and guitar and taking inspiration from his favorite artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Lumineers and James Bay. Hailing from Ireland, Horan released his first solo single “This Town” in fall 2016, and since then, streams of the song have surpassed 350 million worldwide.