Zayn Malik on The Beatles’ influence on solo album: ‘I was listening to a lot of John Lennon’

Ex-One Directioner talks exclusively to NME ahead of 'Mind Of Mine' album release

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik has discussed the influence that The Beatles had on his debut solo album in a brand new NME interview.

Malik quit One Direction, who are currently on an extended hiatus, in March 2015. His album ‘Mind Of Mine’ is out this week (March 25) and includes the single ‘Pillowtalk’, which went to Number One in the UK and US earlier this year, charting higher than any other song One Direction ever released in the US.

Speaking to NME for this week’s magazine, Malik described how his album track ‘Fool For You’, a Beatles-esque pop ballad in the style of ‘In My Life’, came to be.

“I was listening to a lot of John Lennon the week I got that loop,” Zayn admitted. “And there was this one song I got addicted to, with Indian music at the front of it, sitar, and then it becomes, like, another song,” he added, referring to Beatles classic ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’.


Malik also explained the album’s title, saying: “It’s really reflective of the whole experience that I want to give the listener. I wanted it to be almost like a brainstorm. It’s just music and it’s just whatever you’re feeling at that moment in time.”

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