Frank Ocean talks ‘channel ORANGE’ on Radio 1 [Audio]

Still promoting his debut LP channel ORANGE, Frank Ocean called in to BBC Radio 1 Thursday and spoke with Zane Lowe about his experience recording the album, his goals for it, the decision release it early and more.

Ocean says that the decision to release the album digitally ahead of the physical release date was always in the plan, and that he was following the lead of a couple of his more savvy musical peers.

“I kinda wanted to mirror what Jay and Kanye did with Watch the Throne, preventing the leak by staggering the digital and physical dates,” he said. “My thing was, I wanted all the promotional elements to be– I don’t know if the word is ‘retroactive,’ but kind of follow the album with the videos and the tour and do everything after. And kind of just let the music speak for itself for a second and not be in a situation where the record leaked. It was always my plan to drop it ahead of physical.”

As for the sound and feel of the project, he says that making it cohesive was a primary concern, and that he tried to experiment with new sounds and ideas.

“I wanted to do things that I hadn’t done before structurally with songs and I wanted to go different places sonically that I hadn’t gone before. … I tried to make something that was true to what I heard in my head, true to what I thought the future should be for me music-wise.”

Though the physical version of channel ORANGE won’t be available until July 17th, the album is anticipated to have between 110-125k digital copies sold before the tangible copies even hit store shelves. You can chip in by grabbing your digital copy on iTunes, and by grabbing your tickets to the channel ORANGE Tour, which kicks off Friday.

Check out Ocean’s interview with Radio 1 below.