Zayn Malik — solo! — covers the new issue of The Fader, and while the full interview isn’t yet available, a preview video has been released which features Malik opening up about his time in the band, what his new “personal” music will sound like (it was recorded out in the woods!), and his influences.
“I don’t feel like people really know what I’m going to give them, musically,” Malik told the magazine. “And once they hear it, I feel like they will understand me a little bit more, and they’ll understand why I did what I did, and why I left the band, and why I had to write this shit down. Because for five — not even for five years, for 10 years, this album has been in my brain, and it’s just been there, sat with me, needing to be out.”
The below video features Malik riding a motorcycle, smoking, and — most importantly — an all-too-brief snippet of Malik’s new track, “Befour.” The unique spelling is sure to stand out to 1D fans; Four, of course, was the band’s last album all together.