Frank Ocean has never been big on press, but the singer has stepped out of his shell this week for the sake of promoting his Def Jam debut Channel Orange. During a recent interview with BBC’s Radio 1 Frank discussed his reason for releasing the album a week early, and what it was like recording the album with some of his idols’ input.
On Pushing the release date forward a week: “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.”
On “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 keeping his collaborations at a minimum: “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.”