Harry Styles Thinks the Coronavirus Will Lead to Awesome Music

Everyone is feeling some anxiety or sadness due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is completely justified. Interestingly, Harry Styles sees a silver lining in the pandemic.

Styles forsees the pandemic inspiring lots of great art. He hopes the pandemic will inspire people to be “honest.” In Styles’ opinion, honesty is what people want in art.

Harry Styles attending a Spotify listening session for his fans in Los Angeles, California | Rich Fury/Getty Images for Spotify

Harry Styles sees a silver lining around the coronavirus

Zane Lowe interviewed Styles via FaceTime on March 26, 2020. Lowe, of course, asked Styles about the current pandemic. Styles said he found it “disappointing.” However, he said he realizes everyone is affected by the coronavirus in some way, so he isn’t thinking “woe is me, why is this happening to me.”

Styles also thinks the pandemic will lead to great art. “I think a lot of powerful music is going to come from that, because ultimately you have people who have a need to express themselves through music and writing and film and so many different ways who are now having a lot of extra time with no distractions to sit down and think and stay in their own head and think about everything they have to think about. I hope that it comes out in terms of the music, I think we’ll probably get a lot of honesty, which is amazing. Because also I just think people just want honesty right now, especially in times like this.”

Harry Styles performing onstage at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Sony Music

Obviously, the way people are dealing with the coronavirus is by self-isolating. Styles previously said isolation inspired some of his favorite songs. In 2017, he said “my favorite artists’ songs aren’t the ones where they’re talking about how great their life is, they’re not the stories you want to hear. You want to know why they chose to be alone somewhere, I think that’s the stuff that makes you feel something. [That’s] way more interesting than them telling me they had champagne for dinner.”

Will the coronavirus lead to the music Harry Styles is hoping for?

Could the coronavirus lead to a more honest period in music? Perhaps. Music is always influenced by current events to some degree. For example, numerous hits from the 1970s reflected the younger generation’s discontent with the Vietnam War. 

Harry Styles holding a doll at a Spotify listening session to promote his album Fine Line | Rich Fury/Getty Images for Spotify

However, when the period of mass-quarantining is over, people might be more interested in returning to normal rather than reflecting on their experiences during quarantine. The end of the pandemic could lead to people appreciating little things and being happier overall. The end of this pandemic could result in a trend of musical escapism and joy rather than the downbeat musical honesty which Styles enjoys. Regardless, many artists certainly have much more time to make music these days, be it happy or sad.

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