Producer Malay has hinted at what fans could expect coming up from Zayn Malik.
Malay, who has worked with the likes of Malik, Frank Ocean and Sam Smith, has launched a new label with BMG. He recently told Billboard that his goal with the imprint is “finding some classic, timeless artists that are impactful and still very musical and anti-gimmick.”
Elsewhere in the Billboard interview, Malay talks about working with Zayn on a collaboration with famed Indian composer AR Rahman, who did the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack.
Malay says: “I thought it would be fun to have a platform that was maybe a little less pressure for the artist and then me having the challenge and the fun of creating a new sound. The other part of what I’m doing is representing a little bit more of the culture subliminally with Zayn Malik, who I’ve been working with.”
“We’re talking about doing a song with him and AR Rahman together and I’m having Zayn in Urdu, it’s real similar to Hindi but it’s Pakistani language. It’s a modern-sounding song, but for him to sing in that language is kind of powerful.”
Malik has already sang in Urdu on a track once before, namely ‘Flower’ from his debut album ‘Mind Of Mine’.
An excerpt from the book also details how his solo career allowed the 23-year-old “to sing about a subject that I hadn’t really been able to go near while I was in One Direction: sex.”