According to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan mentioned that Frank Ocean met with the English band while recording their upcoming album Delta Machine.
In the interview, Gahan explained that the musicians met in New York while separately recording tracks when Ocean visited Depeche Mode’s studio.
“Suddenly in the doorway, I sensed this presence, and I realized there was this guy standing there just watching,” Gahan explained. “An assistant came up to me in between songs and said, ‘Do you mind? Frank Ocean is here working in another studio and really wants to meet you guys.’ I wouldn’t have thought he would have even known who we are, but it turns out he’s a big fan.”
Ocean recently told BBC Radio that he has completed “10, 11 songs” for a follow-up album to 2012’s Channel Orange. One of tracks may be a collaboration that the R&B singer recorded with Depeche Mode guitarist Martin Gore.
“Martin and (The Knife producer and Delta Machine collaborator) Christoffer Berg ended up doing a track with him, which I think is going to be part of his new record,” Gahan also told EW. “Martin did some electronics and some modular synthesizer stuff he really wanted.”
Frank Ocean recently won Grammy awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Channel Orange and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his work on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild.”