The interview marks Malik's first high-profile feature since leaving the boy band that made him famous earlier this year. In a video posted to The Fader's website on Tuesday, a snippet of Malik's new song, "Befour," plays in the background. His new album, produced by Frank Ocean collaborator James "Malay" Ho, is reportedly expected to be released in early 2016.
"I'm working every day now, but I'm working on music that I enjoy," he says, switching gears to the songs he had previously recorded with 1D. "That's not music that I would listen to. Would you listen to One Direction, sat at a party with your girl? I wouldn't. To me, that's not an insult, that's me as a 22-year-old man. As much as I was in that band, and I loved everything that we did, that's not music that I would listen to. I don’t think that’s an offensive statement to make.
"That’s just not who I am," he continued. "If I was sat at a dinner date with a girl, I would play some cool sh*t, you know what I mean? I want to make music that I think is cool sh*t. I don't think that’s too much to ask for."
Malik also got candid about his own experiences working in the studio as a member of One Direction.
"There was never any room for me to experiment creatively in the band," he said. "If I would sing a hook or a verse slightly R&B, or slightly myself, it would always be recorded 50 times until there was a straight version that was pop, generic as f**k, so they could use that version."
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