Zayn Malik has given us a taste of what his solo album will be like in his first major interview since leaving One Direction.
The 22-year-old opened up to Fader magazine, revealing what influences shaped his much anticipated new album.
“Life experiences have just been influences for the album and just what I’ve been through especially in the last five years, with being in the band and everything,” he explains in a video released alongside the article.
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He continued: “I used to listen to a lot of Bollywood being a kid and stuff. So yeah, that definitely influenced the music a little bit and then as I got older, I guess I just started to listening to a lot of my dad’s old records, like ’90s stuff. Like a lot of R&B and a lot of rap. It’s quite a personal album and we recorded a lot of it actually out in the woods and stuff like this, which is quite weird”, he admits. “But it was just something that we wanted to do, because we wanted to make it quite real and genuine.”
A grungy looking Zayn also revealed he is loving his the independence of being a solo artist, saying: “It’s a nice feeling to come out of a place where you are being told what to do and behave a certain way, because of certain expectations or certain things that people want to see. It is just all my perspective and that’s fully liberating.”
The usually quiet Zayn also opened up about his private life, saying that he didn’t end hisfour year relationship with Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards over the phone. “I have more respect for Perrie than to end anything over text message. I love her a lot, and I always will, and I would never end our relationship over four years like that. She knows that, I know that, and the public should know that as well. I don’t want to explain why or what I did, I just want the public to know I didn’t do that.”
Take a look at the video, and read more here: http://www.thefader.com/2015/11/17/zayn-malik-fader-cover-story-interview-solo-album-one-direction