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As he gears up for the release of his debut solo single ‘Kiss Me Quick’ on July 5th, Nathan Sykes, previously a member of chart topping band The Wanted, has discussed his new music in a brand new shoot for the well renowned style title Schön!.

The alluring high fashion shoot photographed by John Cubillan (Vogue, Surface) sees Nathan in an array of stylish designer looks as he speaks on the creation of his debut single, his musical and fashion evolution – and reveals what it was like presenting his new music to his ‘dream’ collaborators Diane Warren and Babyface.

The singer will release his debut album later this year. Rolling Stone said the new music “showcases the singer’s sultrier R&B sound” and MTV said he has “incredible vocals and silky smooth tones”. Nathan recently completed a sold out run of UK dates, performing his new music in Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester and Brighton before culminating at London’s iconic Bush Hall to rave reviews. He will also be performing his first ever US show as a solo artist on July 22nd at Gramercy Theatre in New York City which sold out in a remarkable 10 minutes.

The feature is out now.  See below for quotes, pics and credits.

Nathan gives details on the concept and creation of his debut single ‘Kiss Me Quick’:

“It just came around, when we were out just outside of London in the country side, I was working with LDN Noise and we were just chatting about nonsense and I just said, “I’m really bad at flirting”, honestly. So we wrote a song that can flirt for me. It’s as simple as that. Obviously with the album there are songs that are a lot deeper lyrically and a lot are very personal to me about relationships and things that I’ve gone through and this was just as simple. We were just laughing and joking about the fact that I can’t flirt. So that’s what we wrote ‘Kiss Me Quick’ about and it ended up being my debut single.”

On playing his music to legendary songwriters and producers Diane Warren and Babyface:

“On this record I’ve had a couple of dream collaborations actually. I got to work with Diane Warren and Babyface.”

“Working with icons like Diane Warren and Babyface is just absolutely what dreams are made of, especially on a debut record. They were both very complimentary which was great and so was playing music to Diane.”

“I was incredibly nervous – I sat down and played her a couple of records and she was like “this is really great”. To get song writing compliments off Diane Warren is just amazing. Then getting vocal compliments off Babyface. You can imagine, I was a mess, I was just falling apart.”

On his musical and style evolution:

“I think with an evolution of my sound I wanted that to go hand in hand with an evolution of fashion as well. I think I’m at the age where naturally I started developing an interest in fashion, because I think as a 16 year old from Gloucester who’s just got into a boy band, I think I can be forgiven for some of the fashion choices that I made.”

“I’m more aware of what’s going on. I’m paying more attention to what’s coming in and out of fashion, what people are wearing, what people aren’t wearing and just going “Oh okay so I kind of like what they’ve done” and I’ve gotten to work with some really cool people.”

Nathan’s debut single is out July 5th and the album will be out later this year.

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Please ensure you use the following credits along with the cover image:

– ‘Schön Magazine’ and link to feature

– ‘Kiss Me Quick’ will be released on July 5th-

– Photographer: John Cubillan

– Stylist: Nicole Freeman

– Grooming: Crystabel Riley

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For Nathan Sykes enquiries, please contact:

Shoshanna Stone or Mikey Abegunde at Edge Publicity on // 020 3463 8786