Nathan Sykes is glad of Wanted's hiatus
Nathan Sykes thinks The Wanted's hiatus came at the "right time."
The 'Over And Over Again' hitmaker didn't expect the band to go their separate ways last year but is glad it happened because it allowed him to grow as a solo artist.
He explained: "Everyone was very excited to do their own thing. The time was right to go on a break.
"For me personally, looking back I'm really pleased that we did. Had we continued on making music, I wouldn't be in a place as an artist that I am at now. I definitely wouldn't be as a songwriter. Probably vocally as well - I'd still be singing within about five notes instead of three octaves."
And the 22-year-old singer is thrilled going it alone has allowed people to see his impressive vocal ability.
He told Digital Spy: "Every single performance I do, people are like, 'I didn't realise you could sing like this'. Coming from a band, it's a really refreshing time in my life. I didn't know what I was capable of at all. It was only as I started writing the album and hitting new notes on a new level of songwriting. I was connecting emotionally with the lyrics."
Nathan - who is gearing up to release his debut solo LP in 2016 - is the only member of the band to have chart success as a solo artist, with his debut single 'Kiss Me Quick' reaching number one in the US Dance Club Songs Chart.