Frank Ocean has been near silent since releasing Blond in August, save for a few posts on Tumblr. However, Apple Music's Zane Lowe has claimed that he recently flew to Tokyo to record an interview with the artist.
Lowe revealed his coup in an interview with London's Evening Standard magazine published on September 15. Asked how he managed to convince the press-shy artist to agree to the interview, Lowe said: “Frank and I have known each other for a few years. So he trusts me enough to get on FaceTime. But if [that interview] doesn’t work and it’s not coming together, there’s that moment where you have to ask yourself: ‘How badly do you want to deliver this for Frank, and for the audience? And is this going to be the best way to do both?’"
The D.J. added that he found the non-traditional process of arranging an interview exciting. “Deciding within a few hours to jump on a plane for Tokyo to interview Frank Ocean, and getting the go-ahead from him by text— ‘Yeah, do it, get on a plane’— and that’s all we have: we don’t have a time, we don’t have a location and there’s a freedom in that which makes it incredibly exciting to be working in this modern framework.”
According to Twitter and Instagram Zane Lowe was in Tokyo on September 9.
Hello Tokyo 🇯🇵— Zane Lowe (@zanelowe) September 9, 2016
There are currently no details as to when, or if, the interview took place, or when it will be broadcast. The FADER has contacted reps at Apple and Frank Ocean for more information.