Zayn Malik, always one to keep us on our toes, gave his first solo on-camera interview on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show on Thursday. And man, it was a doozy.
As we previously reported, the 23-year-old revealed in the lengthy interview that his debut solo album is titled Mind Of Mine and will feature 17 or 18 songs. The first single, “Pillow Talk,” arrives tonight at midnight EST.
While we wait for that first taste of Solo Zayn, let’s take a look at 13 of the most shocking, revelatory and exciting things he talked about in the no-holds-barred interview:
Zayn said there’s a song called “Wrong” that’s “all about looking in the wrong place for love.” He says he originally wrote as a rap, which he then used to create lyrics for the song. He played it for Kehlani, and the two then decided to trade features with one another — so it sounds like he may be appearing on one of Kehlani’s upcoming songs as well.
Zayn said there’s “a fine line” when tackling that kind of personal subject matter, but ultimately, it was a cathartic process for him. “It was a form of therapy for me, and it did help me get through some sh-t,” he said about writing the song.
“It’s a bit more of like a party tune. And it’s a bit more… it’s not as intense lyrically. It’s more about just having a good time,” he said, assuring Lowe that he is, in fact, enjoying himself these days.
— Malay (@MalayHo) January 28, 2016
“He’s just an amazing person. Like from the second I met him I just knew he was kind of different,” Zayn said. “He looks into every instrument in high detail and he understands how to break it down.” Zayn said Malay once told him a story of how he crafted a beat by putting a condom over a microphone and swishing it around in water. So who knows what kind of crazy sounds we’ll hear on Zayn’s LP.
“I’ve got a video for ‘Pillow Talk.’ I haven’t got videos for any other songs yet,” he dished, adding that the video will definitely be true to his vision. “In terms of collaborating, it’s all my creative direction,” he said. “That’s something that’s massively liberating, do you know what I mean? It feels great to be able to just be like, ‘Yeah I did that.’”
After Lowe brought up that Zayn is “in a relationship,” the singer didn’t exactly agree. “Yeah, good friends, yeah,” Zayn said. Hmmmm, either there’s trouble in #Zaygi land or he’s just keeping tight-lipped and isn’t ready to take their coupledom public. No harm in either.
“I think I kind of always wanted to go. From like from the first year, really,” Zayn admitted. “I never really wanted to be there, in the band. I just gave it a go because it was there at the time. And then when I realized the direction we were going in, mind the pun, I instantly realized it wasn’t for me because I realized I couldn’t give my opinion because it didn’t fit the grain of what we were at the band and what we represented. That’s when it became frustrating.”
— zayn (@zaynmalik) January 1, 2016
“That was amazing. I did that for five years and we had some of the best times ever,” he said of his time with the band, before explaining that what he’s doing now is more true to who he is. “The two things are very separate. I appreciated that, they’re just two completely separate things. This is more fun for me […] This is what I have to say.” As for what he wants to get across with his solo music, Zayn says it’s all about showing off his vocal talent, his ability to write and talk from his own perspective and proving “I can hold my own.”
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