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Frank Ocean inspired by "Detroit, Chicago, techno, house, French electronic" on new projects

He opened up about his various influences in a rare interview

  • Devyn White
  • 1 October 2019
Frank Ocean inspired by "Detroit, Chicago, techno, house, French electronic" on new projects

In a rare interview with W Magazine, Frank Ocean expresses his intrigue for nightlife scenes and says that he draws inspiration from the club.

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Known for his r'n'b, rap and soul influences, Ocean revealed he may be moving in a different direction for his upcoming releases: “I’ve been interested in club, and the many different iterations of nightlife for music and songs. And so the things I look at now have a lot to do with those scenes: Detroit, Chicago, techno, house, French electronic…”

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He notes that his New Orleans upbringing has influenced him for a long time with its nightlife rooted in bounce, a hip-hop style reigning from the early 1990s. Although he keeps it as a "touch point," he's looking forward and moving beyond it.

His move towards club influences is a change from his vulnerable vibe in his last release, 'Blonde'. Ocean explains, "the expectation for artists to be vulnerable and truthful is a lot, you know?—when it’s no longer a choice."

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Ocean also plans to remain independent with this next release.


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