While having four mates at your side can’t hurt, you don’t need to be in a boy band to cross over from the U.K. to the United States and make a name for yourself in the music industry. Olly Murs did it as a solo act ― well, with a touch of help from a British boy band you may have heard of.

Thanks to Walmart Risers, the former X-Factor contestant sat down for a chat with us about what it was like to tour with One Direction ― and the ear ache that comes along with that honor!

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“It was very loud. My ears hurt for quite a few shows,” Olly says of his early days on the Up All Night Tour with 1D. “I’ve never experienced anything like it. It was insane.” We can only imagine!

Of course, now that Olly is more popular than ever, he has screaming fans of his own that are loving his latest album Right Place Right Time. Hear him perform an acoustic set right here!

Do you think Olly will reach the level of success 1D has found?