With the success of his mixtape nostalgia, ULTRA and international tour, Frank Ocean has been selected to be a part of the BBC News Sound of 2012 list. The compiled list “showcases some of music’s most exciting emerging stars, selected by more than 180 leading critics, bloggers and broadcasters.”
In an interview with the international news outlet, Mr. Francis Ocean shared a bit about the difference between living in Los Angeles, California versus growing up in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter also touched on what brings out his vivid lyrics and tunes:
ON WHAT INSPIRES HIS SONGS:
I guess I’m just inspired to tell stories and I enjoy music and just the art form so much, that it seems like the perfect medium to tell stories. And in my life, times that I’ve enjoy and that mean a lot to me, I often go back to them. So when I’m making music, that’s really all you can draw off of when your storytelling is your own experiences and memories and personal wisdom and knowledge. When I pull from that place it comes along with pictures. And when I’m trying to make song, even the parts that don’t have words it’s still me really trying to make a photograph out of something you could never see.
You can head over to BBC.co.uk to read the full article and watch the entire interview clip below.