The 21-year-old singer-songwriter, who has also been working with Taylor Swift recently, told the Daily Star that he'd be behind the mixing desk as 1D laid down his tracks - but wouldn't actually be performing with them.
He explained: "I wrote a couple of songs when I was 17 that One Direction want for their next album.
"I'm going into the studio in August to produce the tracks for them. I won't feature on the tracks though. There's definitely a divide in genre."
Ed recently broke US chart records with his debut album +.
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