Zayn Malik Speaks To The FADER’s Duncan Cooper // .@TheFader

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After speaking to The FADER’s Duncan Cooper in his first interview since quitting One Direction in 2015, this week FADER’s former cover star Zayn Malik gave his friend Duncan a call with some updates on his upcoming album and first solo tour, his respect for Taylor Swift, his fans, and more.

Zayn on why he didn’t tour last year:
“We did a few auditions for the band, and we got a band together, but I just wasn’t feeling it. The first record, I didn’t feel like there was enough material to do a proper show. So I just waved it off until the second album, so I can get the best of both. I think my confidence is definitely improved now, so a tour is definitely on the cards. I’m excited to start rehearsing.”

On Taylor Swift:
“I rate her as an artist, I think she’s cool, I think she’s successful, and I think she deserves her success because she’s worked hard. That’s just how I look at it. I did a song with her, it was fun, she was professional. She gets on with my girlfriend, they’re good friends. I don’t have a bad word to say about her. She’s cool.”

On when we can expect his new album:
"This record, I’ve kind of finalized it. But there’s always ideas. Every day I find another song that I’m swapping out with another one. That’s why the album date hasn’t really come yet. Even though the album is pretty much there, and I have the material, I’m still changing things here and there. It’s not necessary in my head when I work on a song whether it’s for a new project or whether it’s for this."

On working with Timbaland on the album:
“[Timbaland] was really fucking cool. I met him, he came down to the studio a couple times, and we did some cool stuff together. The song is really sick. It actually came from a voice note that I had on my phone and I sent it to him. He was like, “OK, let me do something with it.” We sampled the voice note and made a song out of it. He was really cool. He’s hip-hop, man. His drums are always Timbaland drums, so it was definitely in that pocket.”

On playing instruments on the recordings:
“I played bits here and there. I played a few chords of guitar, a couple keys, piano, some synth, some basic computer-pressing shit, when we try to pretend we’re musicians and press buttons on keyboards, haha. I did a little bit of that. I’ve dabbled.”

Zayn Malik Speaks To The FADER’s Duncan Cooper // .@TheFader Zayn Malik Speaks To The FADER’s Duncan Cooper // .@TheFader Reviewed by FADED4U on September 09, 2017 Rating: 5

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