With a newly certified gold record and six nominations at this weekend’s Grammy Awards, Frank Ocean has a lot on his mind. The New York Times Magazine published an extended interview with the young crooner today and, sure enough, he’s as poetic as ever.
Ocean shares his thoughts on music journalists:
“Here’s what I think about music and journalism: The most important thing is to just press play. All in all, I just don’t trust journalists — and I don’t think it’s a good practice for me to trust journalists.”
“I remember being kind of intimidated by the idea of it actually. Church was the ’hood Juilliard to me. All the coldest musicians came out of there.”
“Art’s everything we hope life would be, a lot of times. That’s what I get from it. And that’s what I’ve tried to do. In the storytelling and the sonics and everything. That’s what I’ve tried to do, because I just think that’s the purpose of art. Push, you know?”
And on his public persona:
“That’s why image is so important. That’s why you’ve got to practice brevity when you do interviews like this. I could try to make myself likable to you so you could write a piece that keeps my image in good standing, because I’m still selling this, or I could just say, ‘My art speaks for itself.’”
Ocean also discusses his plans for the future, saying that after the Grammys he’s off to Shanghai to do some writing “in remote locations for the next two years.” Music is no longer his only creative outlet, either, apparently, as he has “started writing the book... It’s fiction, and it’s about brothers. That’s all I’m going to say.” Head over here to read the whole story and, if you haven’t already, pick up Channel Orange on Def Jam.
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