Frank Ocean Wants To Explore Life Beyond Music And Channel Orange

By Georgette Pierre

Frank Ocean has had a hell of a year, so much so that he may fall back from releasing another album–even after receiving six Grammy nominations, including the highly coveted Album of the Year nod for Channel Orange.

But don’t get your panties [or boxers] in a bunch just yet. In his recent interview with The Guardian UK, when asked about his lyrical content and the possibility of not making another album he had this to say.

“I focus on both sonics and story, but music sometimes, just music itself, can turn into more of a maths problem. I guess everything in life is a math problem, but it can be more about an empirical route to getting the symmetry that you want, and this vibe, sonically. But storytelling’s a different thing. Like I said, it’s the more interesting part about making music for me, or making albums and songs and stuff. So much so that I might not make another album. I might just write a novel next. I don’t know!”

When asked if Channel Orange could be his last album, he went on to say, “It could be. It could be it, if I flew next week and my plane crashed! It could be it if somebody walked along and shot me for my bracelet or something. It could always be it. The idea of recognizing your strengths and using them in as versatile a way as you can is cool to me. I don’t ever want to be caught up in a system of thinking I can do one thing cause that’s just … that’s just telling yourself a lie. But I do like to sing. I play piano every day. I enjoy that.”

So it seems like he’s not on a retirement kick but just interested in exploring different things creatively beyond music.. Hey Frank, we completely understand! Explore away! We can only hope that 2013 will bring us more Frank Ocean, post-Channel Orange.

Is it too early in Frank Ocean’s career for him to stop making music?