Frank Ocean For GQ Magazine’s Music Issue

Frank Ocean is one of those artists who rarely does interviews. The singer-songwriter stepped outside of his shell to cover GQ’s February 2019 issue.

In his cover story, Ocean explains why he made his Instagram account public, his experience moving to New York and his musical approach.

On making his Instagram account public…

I feel like there was dissonance between how I was seen by the audience and where I was actually, so that contributed to the decision to make my Instagram public, for sure. But there’s also the idea of dialogue and discourse and conversation—like theater where the audience can interrupt you versus the television.

On life in New York compared to Los Angeles…

I like it a lot because I spend more time at the house. I think it comes from living in hotels, but when I’m in L.A., I find myself in my car a lot.… Which is stress. In New York, it’s the first time in a minute that I’ve had my own space that’s not a hotel and not some rented home, where everything around me is mine, and that’s been really cozy and comfortable this past year.

On how he uses cover songs as part of his repertoire…

Nowadays, I have to live with the song for a bit and I have to see if it’s worthwhile to interpret it first. To see what I can do with it, where I can insert my voice. In the past, I would just like a song and I wouldn’t think about it as seriously as when I do “Close to You” or “Moon River” or “At Your Best…” It’s much more deliberate than when I was just focused on the rap mixtape approach of taking a beat or flow, swapping the lyrics and performing it. The performance almost being the stream-of-consciousness, in-the-moment thing, whereas now I would much prefer having the song be with me for more time before I have to record it.

Read Frank Ocean’s full interview on GQ.

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