In a rare interview, the elusive Frank Ocean opened up about how some of dance music's timeless genres have inspired him.
Although he remained tight-lipped and avoided making any official announcements, many have reported Ocean referenced an upcoming album in a recent interview with W Magazine. When asked to muse on what's been influencing him lately, the Grammy-winning artist pointed to nightlife and electronic music culture.
"I’ve been interested in club, and the many different iterations of nightlife for music and songs," Ocean said. "And so the things I look at now have a lot to do with those scenes: Detroit, Chicago, techno, house, French electronic…"
Later in the interview, Ocean waxed poetic about how the New Orleans Bounce scene inspired him growing up.
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"I grew up in New Orleans, so the closest to the nightlife scene for me was New Orleans Bounce, and that was a lot of trends," he said. "But it’s so much a part of my childhood and my youth that I don’t really go back to it so much as a touch point. I’m really looking forward. It’s kind of a mix for me."
At the time of writing, Ocean has not divulged any more information regarding the follow-up to 2016's Blonde.