Frank Ocean Whips Up ‘Sonic Goodies’ on New Album

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean claims the runner-up spot on the BBC Sound of 2012 list of emerging stars, which includes Azealia Banks and A$AP Rocky. During an interview in Los Angeles where he resides, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter spoke about Odd Future’s impact on his career, working with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Kanye West, his hobbies, and highly-anticipated next album.

On Odd Future’s influence: “They’ve liberated my thinking in some ways—creatively in a sense of knowing that you can do a lot of it by yourself, not just the songs, but taking control of your whole movement.”

On his debut Nostalgia, Ultra: “Making that was a labor of love. It was difficult to piece together all the resources at the quality of record I wanted to make. It’s a process I appreciate so much in retrospect.”

On how he spends his free time: “I could be doing monkey form by the beach, I could be doing indoor rock climbing, I could be reading Wikipedia pages on random information.”

On working with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Kanye West: “It’s pretty rad to hear Beyoncé sing a song of yours or to hear Jigga, ‘Ye rhyme over and be on a song that you’re on. These are some of the heroes of my generation, so even being called out to be on those projects… It wasn’t like I was shopping a song for these projects. They called me to come to the studio and that’s pretty rad.”

On his new album, due this spring: “It succinctly defines me as an artist for where I am right now and that was the aim, just to make something that represents where you are at that time. It’s about the stories. If I write 14 stories that I love, then the next step is to get the environment of music around it to best envelop the story and all kinds of sonic goodness—sonic goodies.”

On his goals: “I’ve been feeling really mortal lately. If I could do anything from today on, it would be doing whatever it is that I do at a level of excellence. That’s all I’m really trying to do while I’m here.”

Watch the entire interview below.

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  1. Lauryn

    OK. Frank We Want To Hear!


  2. Robert

    Frank ocean is So Dope


  3. coolio

    You know, people say I look like Frank Ocean. I think I have to agree.

    This N*gga is going to dominate 2012. I simply can;t wait to see what he has to offer. Frank ma n*gga I see ya!


  4. malikMJdope

    The best has yet to come , he is a fresh breath to our music I cant wait to hear this Album so creative real talent , I wanna be like him with my music one day


    coolio Reply:

    @malikMJdope, N*gga be yourself. People aint gonna take u seriously if ya act like someone else. Be you.


  5. Kyle

    **”If I write 14 stories that I love, then the next step is to get the environment of music around it to best envelop the story and all kinds of sonic goodness—sonic goodies.”** I love how he said that!! He seems like a really creative artist and I wish him nothing but the best for his career (which is already off to an amazing start).


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  7. dodo

    much respect to a real artist.



    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE FRANK WHY CANT WE MARRY…


  9. nicegirl

    As well as being very talented, he is also very cute. Those glasses suit him. Amazing producer/singer-songwriter. If I were a singer, I would be getting him to work with me straight away.


  10. D

    Frank Ocean is socially akward lol, but very refreshing the game needed this. Just hope Def Jam sees his value and makes him a priority, because hes definitely a gem!!


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  12. Rap*

    He needs to get away from devilworshippers odd future.


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