Zayn Malik “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” Interview — Listen To Audio Here!
Zayn Malik called into “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” on Friday, just hours after the release of his first solo single, “Pillow Talk.” Listen below!
Seacrest wanted to know how the tracks for Malik’s upcoming album, Mind Of Mine, came about, and the singer responded, “There wasn’t an initial idea that I had when I started writing the songs. I kind of just went with what I wanted to express lyrically first.” And if he had to categorize it, Malik said he’d call the music kind of weird alternative R&B.”
That said, Malik also noted, “It’s all very sparse and random. They’re all kind of different songs, and the music reflects that as well.” The styles include not just R&B, but reggae as well, and fans can look forward to both “upbeat” songs and “slow ballads.”
Malik acknowledged having “butterflies” before “Pillow Talk” premiered, but argued, “I think that’s healthy, to be nervous about whatever it is what you’re doing… I feel like I work better under pressure, so let’s apply the pressure and see what happens.”
The British star went on to describe himself as an “introvert extrovert.” He told Seacrest, “I think that’s because I don’t consciously make that decision but I do find that in life, I do find it hard to express myself in situations.” But, Malik said, “You gotta use your negative things for positive things, and what better way to write about them?”
Though it didn’t seem One Direction was actually mentioned by name, Malik did reflect on his time with the group, noting, “It went really quick and a lot kind of happened, so it kind of took its time to sink in.” He admitted he “always wanted to be a solo artist,” but “wasn’t going to be an idiot and say no” when the opportunity for 1D came about.
“I’m massively grateful for that, and if it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t be here,” Malik said, stressing that what he’s doing now isn’t meant to take away from his past. “It’s not because I’m trying to be more successful or as successful as what was going on before, because there’s no comparison. I was in the biggest boy band in the world and I loved what we did as a boy band.”
Still, he pointed out, “That’s what makes this so exciting for me, because I’m in control of it now.” As for playing at KIIS-FM’s Wango Tango in May, Malik teased, “Yeah, I’m down.” Listen to the full interview below!