Olly Murs’s latest album is based on experiences, the 2009 X Factor runner-up tells Jade Wright
RIGHT Place Right Time as a title sums up my career to this point,” says Olly Murs. “I’ve worked hard in everything I’ve done, doing what’s felt right, and everything has fit into place. It’s the sentiment for this album – a body of work of great pop songs. And I’ve gone in a different place again this time.”
Now Murs, one of the most successful pop stars of the past decade, has a freshly minted new album under his arm, and he couldn’t be happier.
In two years, he’s crafted two double-platinum albums, which have produced four number one singles (including Troublemaker, released last month) and a further three Top 20 hits.
Along with Ed Sheeran and Example, Murs is the only recent male solo star with a sell-out headline arena tour to his name, as well as becoming a fixture on the main stage of festivals.
His new record shows a more grown up edge.
“I wanted it to be brilliant throughout, from track to track to track,” he says.
If his previous album, In Case You Didn’t Know, saw Murs establish himself as a songwriter, Right Place Right Time sees him take another step forward.
“I’ve had much more of a say,” he explains.
“Plus, I’ve got another year’s experience and I’m very excited for people to hear the input I’ve had.
“I hate saying the music is more ‘mature’, because I haven’t changed. But I feel my songwriting is stronger and I knew where I wanted to go as an artist with this album. I’ve tried to make some of the songs anthemic, and I hope it will open me up to a wider audience.”
His audience is a big thing to him.
“Oh, they are amazing,” he smiles. “Take last time when I played the Echo Arena. They were going crazy. If the crowd are having the night of their lives, then that means I do too. I love it.
“I’ve always had a great time in Liverpool. It’s a very appreciative crowd, and a great night out.
“I’ve been there so many times over the last few years, whether that’s to play a gig, or to go on the radio or just for a night out, and every single time it’s been amazing. There aren’t many cities you can say that about.”
Murs’s fans might notice a change in style with his new material.
Writing sessions began in March, with his initial idea to bring more of a funk-based Jamiroquai and Maroon 5 feel to his music.
“I don’t want to do the same style on every album,” he enthuses.
“I’d always said I want to do a Motown album, but after a couple of songs I’ll go ‘Let’s change it up’.”