Frank Ocean‘s stunning, probably-album-of-the-year record Blond/e came out a month ago. We waited four years and it was worth every moment.
He’s considered something of a recluse (for good reason), although his accompanying magazine Boys Don’t Cry did offer an insight into his private life, with photos, essays, poems and even screenshots of browser history populating its many pages.
What’s been missing from this album release, expectedly, is fresh interviews with the man himself. Now, though, Apple Music’s Zane Lowe has reportedly secured an interview with Ocean – although he doesn’t really know when or when it’ll be happening. It might have already happened for all we know.
In a new interview with UK paper Evening Standard, Lowe talks about his many incredible celebrity encounters, some of which have turned into some of the most extensive, personal accounts from the world’s greats.
“Frank and I have known each other for a few years,” says Lowe, possibly the only man in the world able to convince Frank to talk. “So he trusts me enough to get on FaceTime. But if [that interview] doesn’t work and it’s not coming together, there’s that moment where you have to ask yourself: ‘How badly do you want to deliver this for Frank, and for the audience? And is this going to be the best way to do both?’
“Deciding within a few hours to jump on a plane for Tokyo to interview Frank Ocean, and getting the go-ahead from him by text — ‘Yeah, do it, get on a plane’ — and that’s all we have: we don’t have a time, we don’t have a location and there’s a freedom in that which makes it incredibly exciting to be working in this modern framework.”
So it looks like Lowe has flown to Japan to meet Ocean, and we can only assume that that interview will be getting released some time soon. We’ll let you know the moment it does.
In the meantime, enjoy this album. I’ve listened to it almost every single day since its release and I’m not even slightly done with it yet.
Image: Tumblr/Frank Ocean