Zayn Malik's first single off of his upcoming album "Pillowtalk" debuts tomorrow, and now his fans have even more of a reason to be excited. The former One Direction member ventured to his hometown of Bradford, England to talk with Beats 1 Radio’s Zane Lowe ahead of tomorrow's big release, and the musician got super candid about his next album and leaving the world famous boy band.
Within the first ten minutes, Malik reveals details about his new album—most importantly the name of the record. His first solo album will be titled Mind of Mine and will include 17 or 18 song whittled down from 46 tracks. "It is finished," he says. "There are certain bits and parts we need to do to have it sound great, but the majority of it's there. It's a crazy thing to even say."
The release date for Mind of Mine isn't set yet, but he's hoping to prove to everyone that he's a true artist. "The main thing I want to prove is that I can sing, and that I can write my own music and explain where I'm coming from" he says. He later reveals that one of his biggest issues with being in One Direction was not being able to contribute to the sound in the way he wanted.
"I realized I couldn’t put any input in," Malik says. "I couldn’t give my opinion on this or that because it didn’t fit the grain of what we were or what we represented. I think the boys kind of knew—in terms of the music—that wasn’t my cup of tea." This ultimately spurred him to sever ties with the group that made him famous.
“I think I always kind of wanted to go, from the first year, really,” Malik tells Lowe. “I never really wanted to be there in the band, I just gave it a go because it was there at the time. They obviously didn’t want me to leave, but they couldn’t talk me out of it at that point. I’d already made my mind up."
Watch him speak more to his decision to leave One Direction in the clip above, and listen to the full interview now on Apple Music.