Island Def JamFrank Ocean traveled overseas to record material for his long awaited new album, due out later this summer.
French pianist Christophe Chassol revealed that he spent time with Ocean at the famed Abbey Road studios in London, made famous by The Beatles.
“Ocean invited me to Abbey Road to record on his album,” Chassol tell BBC‘s Gilles Peterson. “I asked [Frank] how he heard about me. He told me his friend Diplo was listening a lot to [my album] Indiamore, and they started to listen to it, and they were wondering how I was doing the speech harmonization, so he called me.”
One of the perks of recording with Frank was the budget. “I’ve never worked with that much money in music. It’s good sometimes to have money, because you can try things,” Chassol says.
Chassol adds that he also traveled stateside to work on the project. “Then he invited me to Los Angeles to record again at EastWest [studios] and it was really, really cool. We stayed a few days working,” Chassol recalls.
When asked what it was like working with Ocean, Chassol replies: “The guy is smart. He’s really smart. The way he works in the studio is really cool, he has a printer, he has a lot of pictures of architecture and contemporary art.”
You can expect Frank’s sophomore album to arrive in July, as will the first issue of his upcoming magazine, Boys Don’t Cry.
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