Zayn Malik is hard at work on his solo career, and he’s apparently hitting up the studio with a famous producer named Malay, who’s made hits with John Legend, Alicia Keys, and Frank Ocean.

“Malay is a hugely successful producer and is well respected within the industry too. After the way his relationship with Naughty Boy ended, Zayn could not be in better hands,” a source told The Sun.

“Until now, things have been a bit up in the air and a lot of the public information about Zayn’s career has come from Naughty Boy chatting about it. But Zayn has decided now is the time to get serious.”

Since we’ve seen the Bradford Bad Boy recording music in the studio, we know that he’s working hard. Even though it’s kind of weird seeing him without NB, it’s important that he works with a lot of different producers. After years of being with One Direction, he’s probably still exploring his sound!