Si sa, Frank Ocean è una persona schiva, refrattaria alle luci dello show business. Per questo motivo, quando concede un’intervista è un po’ un evento. Ecco alcuni dei punti trattati nell’intervista col New York Times.
Sull’anonimato e l’essere una figura pubblica
“Super-envious of the fact that Daft Punk can wear robot helmets and be one of the most famous bands in the world, while also understanding that will never be my situation. It’s too late. It’s hard to articulate how I think about myself as a public figure. I’ve gotten used to being Frank Ocean.”
Su Channel Orange
“I wrote ‘Channel Orange’ in two weeks […] The end product wasn’t always that gritty, real-life depiction of the real struggle that happened.”
Le storie che hanno ispirato “Self Control” e “Ivy”
(“Self Control”:) “That was written about someone who I was actually in a relationship with, who wasn’t an unrequited situation […] It was mutual, it was just we couldn’t really relate. We weren’t really on the same wavelength.”
(“Ivy”) “That was my version of collage or bricolage […] How we experience memory sometimes, it’s not linear. We’re not telling the stories to ourselves, we know the story, we’re just seeing it in flashes overlaid.”
Sulla performance ai Grammys
“I was always reluctant to do those things except in cases where they had this nostalgic significance to me. Like performing at the V.M.A.s, being tapped to perform at the Grammys — me saying yes to those things had a lot to do with how those things made me feel before I was actually in the business. And just wanting to be rubbing shoulders with those people and being seen at those places. I still was reluctant and sort of skeptical of those things because I questioned whether or not I was prepared.”
I know exactly what the numbers are. I need to know. I need to know how many records I’ve sold, how many album equivalents from streaming, which territories are playing my music more than others, because it helps me in conversations about where we’re gonna be playing shows, or where I might open a retail location, like a pop-up store or something.