The often-quiet Zayn plans to reveal his true self to the world with his self-titled autobiography this fall. We now get to see a glimpse into the singer's life with a new excerpt courtesy of Complex, where Zayn talks about collaborating with Malay on his debut Mind of Mine album.
The singer recalls recording in the studio with the producer (and bonding with wine):
“I remember the first time we went into the studio with him, I thought he was a bit of a weirdo. Not in a bad way, I have my fair share of weirdness at times. Malay was just such a strange, unique human being. First off, he started every session by describing some crazy fancy bottle of red wine that he and his buddy Manny (who mixed half my album) were currently ‘really into’. I had barely ever drunk red wine before, I’m more of a beer or whisky guy, but Malay somehow got me into drinking wine. I still don’t do the swirl it around in the glass thing though – I’ll leave that one to him.”
“Every lyric I’ve ever written has a story behind it. All the hard work that went into the creation of ‘Pillowtalk’ was worthwhile because, as soon as it was finished, I intuitively felt I was on the right path. It was a sick cut, nailing the exact sound I wanted to capture in my music. I was also able to sing about a subject that I hadn’t really been able to go near while I was in One Direction: sex.”
“I’m going to show you as much as I can so that you can judge me on my own terms, not on what the press or anyone else says," he told NME about what he wants to accomplish with the book.
Zayn will be released on Nov. 1 through Penguin Random House for $19.99. Click here to see an exclusive photo from the autobiography and an excerpt by Malay. Below, watch Snakehips discuss working with the star for their "Cruel" collaboration: