Frank Ocean reveals he’s getting inspiration for new music from ‘nightlife, Detroit, techno, house’

He also may stray from the autobiographical nature of his lyrics

In a rare new interview with W Magazine, Frank Ocean finally hints at new music.

In the interview, Ocean explains that his mind has been occupied by electronic music and its history lately. “I’ve been interested in club, and the many different iterations of nightlife for music and songs,” Ocean says. “And so the things I look at now have a lot to do with those scenes: Detroit, Chicago, techno, house, French electronic…”

Ocean also went on to explain that he may stray from the autobiographical nature of his lyrics to tell the story of a character:

“I believed for a long time that there was strength in vulnerability, and I really don’t believe that anymore. ‘Strength’ and ‘vulnerability’ sound opposite as words. And so to combine them sounds wise, but I don’t know if it is wise. It’s just this realization that hit me: ‘Oh, right, it’s a choice whether you will be truthful or a liar.’ If I start to tell a story and then I decide not to tell the story anymore, I can stop. It’s my story. The expectation for artists to be vulnerable and truthful is a lot, you know? – when it’s no longer a choice. Like, in order for me to satisfy my expectations, there needs to be an outpouring of my heart or my experiences in a very truthful, vulnerable way. I’m more interested in lies than that. Like, give me a full motion-picture fantasy.”

Additionally, Ocean revealed that he’s working on a handful of projects including a piece with a string arranger in Rio and a photo series project.
Lead photo courtesy of Wolfgang Tillmans.