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Zayn Malik speaks, previews new music

By | Published on Wednesday 18 November 2015

Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik has done a big interview with Fader, thus cementing his position as the coolest ex-member of One Direction. Or only ex-member of One Direction, as I guess he technically still remains for the moment.

Some highlights of the interview:

• Zayn’s “fired up a spliff” within six paragraphs
• Fans ring his doorbell in the middle of the night hoping he’ll be too tired not to realise he shouldn’t talk to them
• He’s proud to be a Muslim popstar but doesn’t consider himself or want to be a spokesperson for his religion
• The members of One Direction find fan conspiracy theories that they’re in various relationships with each other difficult, because it affects how they act around each other in public
• Zayn himself is slightly perplexed about having been cast as “the mysterious one” but recognises that it helped sell stuff
• If he tried to put some of his own style into a vocal recording in 1D it would be re-recorded “50 times until there was a straight version that was pop, generic as fuck, so they could use that version”
• He “wanted to go home from the beginning”, and then in March woke up one day and realised it was time to do just that
• He’s recorded his album with Frank Ocean producer James ‘Malay’ Ho
• Some of their recording was done on camping trips
• This is where Zayn got into archery
• Zayn is into archery
• He has enough money now, so doesn’t “need you to buy [his solo music] on a mass scale for me to feel satisfied”

Find out about all this and more in the full interview here.

Meanwhile, Malik – as we clearly just said – has now recorded a debut solo album, and you can hear a bit of a new song, called ‘Befour’, in the background of this video that accompanies the Fader interview. A video in which the singer says these words: “As I got older I guess I just started listening to a lot of my dad’s old records, like 90s stuff”. And if that doesn’t make you feel old, well done on being so fucking young, you little shit.