Zayn Malik Discusses Ethnicity and New Music in Dazed and Confused Magazine
Former One Direction band member Zayn Malik talks ethnicity and new music in Dazed and Confused magazine. Amidst a pivotal year of chart topping moments and fans everywhere wanting to know “what happened to Zayn Malik”, the 23-year old sensation is finally finding his voice, alone. So far, fans seem to be feeling the newly independent Malik. With over 515 million views of his debut album “Mind of Mine”, a spread in FADER, a summer cover of Paper Magazine, and the upcoming cover of Elle UK (September), Zayn Malik just may be the most talked about male pop star of the moment. Sorry Nick Jonas.
Photographed by Collier Schorr and styled by Robbie Spencer, Zayn poses in a series of rebellious street style focused looks. Shot against a moody grey background Malik is outfitted with an updated grunge motif. The Pillowtalk singer confidently sports top designer collections including a sleek Marc Jacobs leather studded jacket,a Louis Vuitton crewneck jumper,a pair of AG Jeans, and a rugged Raf Simons deep-v neck sweater. In one image the singer is even holding a vintage, cinematic looking inmate name sign reading: Zayn Malik.
Inside the magazine, Zayn opens up about the most controversial topics of his career. We learn more about Zayn Malik’s ethnicity fueled twitter attack at the hands of Azealia Banks as well as more about his final decision to leave One Direction. In a way it feels like Zayn is finally telling his side of the story. Keep scrolling below to read the tell all quotes from Zayn’s Dazed Magazine Interview.
Zayn Malik on where he grew up:
“It’s very industrial-looking and very old,”he says. “It has just got that kind of, like, very British feel to it. It’s very up and down. There are hills everywhere. It’s a cool place that has a lot of character ,with a lot of characters that live there! It’s a place that doesn’t necessarily have too many opportunities, but I guess that’s just the way the world works,” he states.
Zayn Malik on discovering love of R&B, Hiphop, and Soul:
“I didn’t really have pocket money to buy my own CDs,” he says with nostalgia. “So I just used to take his CDs and burn them on to a Packard Bell computer and put them back,” he adds.
Zayn Malik Ethnicity and Parents:
“My mum is half Irish and English and my dad is Pakistani but born in the UK. So, yeah, that’s my heritage, and that’s what makes me, me,” he shares.
Zayn Malik on leaving One Direction and signing with RCA Records:
“I just knew it was my time and knew I wanted to do something different and start expressing the way I felt about certain things,” shared Zayn. When RCA approached him, he says, it was a no-brainer. “I have always liked that label, just because they signed fucking Elvis and a lot of people I look up to. I went and met with Pete (Edge, CEO) and we had a couple conversations and I really liked his vibe. They seemed to treat me as though I was an artist for the first time, which felt really cool. And they respected the music. I had written a lot of it before I went with RCA and they liked where I was going and wanted to give me freedom so I was like, Cool,” he shars.
Zayn Malik on his culturally inspired song, fLower:
“It’s called Sufi, a religious style of music that’s like a deep meditation prayer where you just sit and sing the same melody over and over,” he explained. “It’s meant to get you into a trance state. A lot of Indian singers used to do that back in the day, like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It was played throughout my house, and my dad used to listen a lot to that style of music. So that influenced me from an early age. I just mixed my Urdu speaking with lyrics I was writing down in English and that’s what I came up with. The lyrics translate to English as Until the flower of this love has blossomed / This heart won’t be at peace / Give me your heart / Give me your heart / Give me your heart,” he adds.
Keep scrolling below to see all the images of Zayn Malik for Dazed and Confused Magazine.