One Direction wanted to make the best album they could, knowing that it could be their last – at least for a very long time.
The superstar boyband sent the internet into a frenzy this week when it was confirmed they would be taking an extended break in 2016 – and producer Julian Bunetta revealed it influenced their ideas for their upcoming fifth record.
Speaking to Billboard, the Drag Me Down songwriter explained that the group realises “anything” can happen during their break.
He said: “There was a feeling of, ‘Well, we’re going to take a break, and anything in the world can happen during that time off.’ It’s the first time of there being some uncertainty, of not having things planned out beforehand, since they were 16 years old.
“There was definitely a vibe of making [the album] the best it can possibly be, and knowing it has to last as long as it needs to until we make another record — if we make another record.”
Bunetta described working on the album as “one of the most fun” experiences he’s had, insisting the uncertainty surrounding the band’s future added to the vibe in the studio.