R&B star speaks in rare interview
Frank Ocean has spoken in a rare interview, discussing his recent albums Endless and Blonde as well as his plans for the future.
After a lengthy silence following the releases, Ocean has granted an interview to The New York Times, his first proper interview since speaking to Oyster magazine three years ago. Ocean also briefly spoke to reporters at the White House state dinner last month.
The NY Times interview confirms that the singer is working on new music in an “anonymous recording studio” but may move away from the album format in the future.
Ocean, who recently parted ways with long-term label Def Jam, said: “Because I’m not in a record deal, I don’t have to operate in an album format. I can operate in half-a-song format.”
He also suggested that he might devote less time to music and operate in other mediums in the future, revealing that he had been looking at enrolling for a visual arts degree at a New York university.
“I believe that I’m one of the best in the world at what I do, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to be,” he explained. “It’s more interesting for me to figure out how to be superior in areas where I’m naïve, where I’m a novice.”
Zane Lowe recently suggested that he had interviewed Frank Ocean for his Beats 1 radio show, however that has yet to surface.
Speaking to the Evening Standard in September, Lowe explained: “Frank and I have known each other for a few years. So he trusts me enough to get on FaceTime. But if [that interview] doesn’t work and it’s not coming together, there’s that moment where you have to ask yourself: ‘How badly do you want to deliver this for Frank, and for the audience? And is this going to be the best way to do both?'”
Lowe also discussed how casually and seemingly at the last minute the interview was arranged, adding: “Deciding within a few hours to jump on a plane for Tokyo to interview Frank Ocean, and getting the go-ahead from him by text — ‘Yeah, do it, get on a plane’ — and that’s all we have: we don’t have a time, we don’t have a location and there’s a freedom in that which makes it incredibly exciting to be working in this modern framework.”
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