Former One Direction band member Zayn Malik may have proven his success as a solo artist having newly released single ‘‘Pillow talk’’. The pending album following his venture as an independent performer may have the ability to reflect artistic bravery and experimentation, offering a new musical dimension to fans globally.
Zayn Malik’s album which saw its release on the 29th January 2016 “Pillow talk” may be considered a new genre for the former One Direction band member, which presents an R&B feel representing the singer’s evolved identity since leaving the band One Direction. This genre may also indicate the artistic direction the singer desires to venture, with the ability to reach a new and more mature audience as well as exploring his artistic capability.
Although the genre may be alternative to the singer’s pop background in One Direction, it may still prove to be a success. Likewise the music video may have engaged audiences with the appeal of Chanel model Gigi Hadid, who features as Zayn Malik’s love interest reflecting what may be a desire to stay current as well as mainstream in its youthful public appeal.
The solo single evidences a lead vocal by the former band member demonstrating a comfort and confidence in his performance ability as an individual, a dimension which may have been overshadowed in a band environment. This might see the artist taking the lead in the choice of genre, lyrics and newly formed brand of his own identity as a solo act, demonstrating authenticity in his creativity.
Having topped the charts in the UK, Australia and Ireland upon its debut, the single may have paved the way as an example for many other band members who may seek to embark on a career as a solo artist with similar courage as Zayn Malik has demonstrated. This may have the ability to create a dialogue on whether growth and artistic progression may be reached for solo artists who may feel limited in a band environment, encouraging performers to stay faithful to their personal journey and vision.
The band One Direction’s release of the single ‘History’ without Zayn may have demonstrated a unity with what may be considered a ‘goodbye’ after having reconfirmed on the X-Factor stage their break from music. This may evidence some of the challenges having a band member depart may bring, such as finding a sense of stability amidst rapid change.
Zayn’s new direction as a solo artist may offer fans a reasoning for his departure from the band as well as encouraging a dialogue surrounding other artistic figures who have similarly gone on to succeed from bands such as Robbie Williams and Garry Barlow. This may present a sense of endless opportunity for artists, who may go on to reunite within their musical careers. It may also reflect the way in which a band experience may be fundamental to an artist’s singular growth in the music industry as well as a platform to venture on a musical endeavour alone.
Discussions surrounding the direction for Zayn’s future as a solo artist may be further affirmed in his first studio album “Mind of Mine” as well as his new signing under record label RCA Records, who manage artists such as Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus. This may evidence a new channeling of a more cutting edge, innovative and on-trend sound that may see him collaborating with rappers, singers and producers who share the singer’s label with him thus furthering creativity.
How may Zayn Malik’s departure from One Direction present a new identity for him as a solo artist?