Harry Styles was once a ‘White Eskimo’ before he became one of the hottest stars on the planet. Now his former bandmates want to make it BIG without him.
Harry was the lead singer of the band before he went off to an X Factor audition which changed his life forever, accompanied by White Eskimo’s frontman Will Sweeney, 18.
He the Manchester Evening News: “We skived off school and stood in the queue for four or five hours.
“He auditioned because his mum applied for him and I said ‘Of course I’ll come with you.’
“I just thought it would be an experience. I never thought he would leave. In fact Harry is still a member of White Eskimo because he never told us he was leaving.”
Apparently, Harry never wanted to be a singer, he actually had his heart set on playing bass. But it was his good friend Will who convinced him to show off his vocals.
He said: “It was a week before our school Battle of the Bands contest and we needed a bassist and a singer. Me, Harry and Haydn were best friends and we knew Nick Clough who was starting to play bass.
“Harry said ‘I don’t want to sing’ but I didn’t give him a choice, I pushed him to sing.
“The only time he sang before was when we were all together in the car. We played Summer of ‘69 and Are You Gonna Be My Girl at the Battle of the Bands and we won.”
When One Direciton came third in the X Factor, Harry and Will lost touch after knowing each other since they were 11 years old. We suspect Harry doesn’t have much time to keep in touch, what with his kinda busy schedule and all.
Will added: “I know that if just three or four times he said ‘listen to my old band’ it would give us exposure to millions of people. We have asked him. I last spoke to him a year ago. He doesn’t see me anymore.”
The band took a year off beforeWill re-started it with bassist Sam Greenwood, 19, aguitarist Josh Clarke, 18, and Alex Lewis, also 18, who took over Will’s role as the drummer.
And you Directioners all over the globe are loving ‘em!
“We have got worldwide attention because they know Harry was in the band. We get confidence from his fans.
“People from Australia want us to go over and play gigs and people in America post things on Facebook.”
White Eskimo are hoping to land a record deal, and already have their own album ready.
They are performing a free gig at Manchester’s Hard Rock Café on Friday, January 18.
Get yourselves down there, they’re pretty good!
Although they’re keen to make it big, they are certain that they won’t be following in Harry’s footsteps and auditioning for the X Factor
Will said: “We want to go down the route of making music ourselves and making it big because we are good.
“It is ruining music where everything you hear on the radio is a pay cheque.”