November 22, 2016
By Maisie Loh
Integrating electronic music and sampling with soul-inflected vocals has become something of a trademark for James Blake. It is a style that has earned him numerous accolades, including a Mercury Music Prize for his 2013 album Overgrown and an Ivor Novello Award for his single Retrograde.
However, when an artist’s sound is as unique as Blake’s, transitioning from a studio to a live venue can be tricky, as James Harley explains: “The challenge is translating what James has in his head to the live venue. This requires some patience and communication between both of us and some open conversations about how the sounds translate to big rooms and big speakers. I think James changed his perspective on his sound for his most recent album and that meant creating perhaps a leaner, less processed mix.”