Since coming out, Odd Future’s Frank Ocean has kept quiet … but dropped his anticipated Channel Orange album outta nowhere on Monday (July 9) and its been the talk of the town ever since.
The singer called into BBC Radio to speak with Zane Lowe sometime this week for one of his first interviews since the gay revelation. While Ocean chose not to address the controversy, he does discuss the early release of Channel Orange, and further info on the making of the project.
In addition to its early release, he also reveals that he rented a home in Beverly Hills to record some of the project, and explained why he kept the guest appearances to a minumum.
Below are some of the interview’s highlights, and a stream (via Rap-Up.com):
On early album release: “It was actually the plan all along. I kinda wanted to mirror what Jay and Kanye did with Watch the Throne, preventing the leak by staggering digital and physical dates. I wanted all the promotional elements to follow the album, with the videos and the tour, and do everything after and let the music speak for itself.”
His goal with Channel Orange: “I wanted to do things that I hadn’t done before structurally with songs. I wanted to go different places sonically that I haven’t gone before.”
On recording in Beverly Hills mansion: Instead of paying $1,600/day to rent a studio, Ocean rented a mansion in Beverly Hills, but only ended up making three songs there — “Lost,” “Pyramids,” and “Analog 2″ featuring Tyler, the Creator. “I had the housekeeper daily. It was great, it was awesome,” laughed Frank.
On collaborating with a few people: “It was important for me to do the project with a limited amount of people and I got the opportunity, which I value so greatly, to sit with some of my creative heroes and play them the songs in different stages of completion and get input and get feedback. I tried to make something that was true to what I heard in my head and true to what I thought the future should be for me music-wise.”
On touring: “I want to give the best show possible when I can and put myself in the position to just do my best. So if that means a lesser volume of appearances, then so be it. I’m in it for as long as I’m allowed to be. It’s not about let’s do a million things right now. It’s about let’s just do our best to do the best things right now.”