Frank Ocean Opens Up About Moving to NYC, Politics and “Moon River”2 weeks ago by Amber Le in Trending
Frank Ocean has been inching back into the spotlight and the R&B genre is welcoming him home with open arms. The singer touched upon topics such as his “Moon River” cover along with moving to New York City and more. He recently sat down with GQ Magazine to answer a few questions that have been lingering in the air.
The musician was interviewed by his Blonded Radio co-hosts, Emmett Cruddas and Vegyn. Ocean told them that he truly enjoyed being able to call the Big Apple home.
“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.”
He then went onto discuss how the cover of “Moon River” came about and how he determines what covers to do and how to interact with fans that are already familar with the songs.
“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 can I 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 with me for more time before I have to record it.”
In addition, he claims that “Moon River” was actually quite random but it became one of his favorites.
“With ‘Moon River,’ though, that was more random. Someone asked me to sing it, and that was the only reason I listened to it. People ask me to do a lot of things I don’t do, but when I listened to it, it was something that I wanted to do because I thought the song was small and beautiful and neat. It’s the ‘ocean in the drop’ idea, all these feelings inside the small thing. Living with it, listening to the many versions, thinking about who I would work on it with and what I would go for in interpreting it. Of the covers I’ve done, ‘At Your Best’ and ‘Moon River’ are my favorites.”
Aside from being musically influential, Ocean uses his platform in efforts to make a difference in the world. He took on politics during the November 2018 election, rewarding those who voted with a T-shirt that he designed specifically for participating voters.
“I was excited about the idea of incentivizing people to vote and to get excited about midterms, because people aren’t usually excited about voting at midterms. Getting seven or eight thousand people who might not have otherwise voted to participate like that is a testament to what public figures can do or encourage with their voice. It feels responsible, especially at this time. Maybe also at many times prior, but it feels less like responsibility and more like a great opportunity that I had and still have.”