Zayn Malik Dishes on New Album, Reveals His Backup Plan If He Wasn't Famous

Zayn Malik Dishes on New Album, Reveals His Backup Plan If He Wasn't Famous

The boyfriend of Gigi Hadid shares that the new effort will definitely showcase his skills as a songwriter and a vocalist, calling it 'more organized' and 'an evolution.'
It's been a year since Zayn Malik released his latest album "Mind of Mine". After working hard to overcome his anxiety, it looks like the former One Direction star is ready to release a new studio effort later this year. Speaking to VMan magazine, Zayn dishes on the highly-anticipated album, describing it as "an evolution."

"I feel like my songwriting definitely developed, just because I've been doing it so much," he says. "I feel like the songs are a bit more organized, where I felt like, before, that 'Mind of Mine' was a brainstorm. That's why I called it 'Mind of Mine', because it was ideas that I had to put out. This one is more thought out. I had more time to process everything and go through it all. It's an evolution."

The 24-year-old heartthrob also confirms record producer Malay's involvement on the upcoming project. "There's a couple of songs on the record that I've done with Malay that for me, personally, I'm really proud of," he explains. "I just feel like there's something really classic about some of the music that we've done together, and for that reason, I'm really proud of some of the songs that are going to come out. I feel like it really shows me as a songwriter and a vocalist."

On the new album, Zayn wants to embrace his Pakistani roots. "I definitely focused on that for a couple of songs on this record that got this same underlying tone of India and the place that my grandparents originally came from," he shares. "There's definitely influences of that in there. Hopefully people like it this time around, as well."

While Zayn was seemingly destined to be a star, the "Pillowtalk" hitmaker can't help but wonder what he would be if he wasn't a famous singer. "I think about alternative realities," he says. "I think I'd be at university and I would have done my English degree. I think I'd be looking for some employment to do with English lecturing or literature. I love poetry and writing--obviously, I'm a songwriter--so, it would've been something that would still give me the feeling of a creative outlet within my writing."

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