Frank Ocean Reveals the Secret to His Songwriting Process

Frank Ocean might be the most private music superstar of this modern era, seldom talking about his personal life, his professional life or his process.

But he sat down with GAYLETTER for a wide ranging rare interview where he revealed he’s been in a committed relationship for 3 years and also talked about how his naturally private personality impacts the way he creates music.

"If I’m working on lyrics, I might as well be in a vacuum-sealed container. I just need to be on my own. If I’m working out a vocal performance, I need to be on my own or with my engineer," he says. "He’s been with me so long that he knows when to just be wallpaper. I’m comfortable with him, so I can sit there and write whatever."

He also talked about how he comes up with such beautiful lyrics.

"I just start improvising verses and putting it together, which is something I would do on my own, where you’re listening with your headphones on, listening to the beat over and over, and you’re piecing it together in your head and you blurt out the verse," he explains. "Maybe you’ll blurt out a few bars and you’ll loop it around and get your next bars and you’ll piece it all together, and that’ll be your verse."

Check out Frank’s full interview here.


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