Posts tagged: James Blake
A very cool live James Blake. He has sort of come back into the circle.
James Blake - Curbside (Preview)
The James Blake we all know is back
Pretty nasty beats, and by nasty I mean awesome!
“I think the dubstep that has come over to the US, and certain producers — who I can’t even be bothered naming — have definitely hit upon a sort of frat-boy market where there’s this macho-ism being reflected in the sounds and the way the music makes you feel. And to me, that is a million miles away from where dubstep started. It’s a million miles away from the ethos of it. It’s been influenced so much by electro and rave, into who can make the dirtiest, filthiest bass sound, almost like a pissing competition, and that’s not really necessary. And I just think that largely that is not going to appeal to women. I find that whole side of things to be pretty frustrating, because that is a direct misrepresentation of the sound as far as I’m concerned.”
Interview: James Blake’s dub soft-shoe | September 30th, 2011 | The Boston Phoenix.
Good Read on James Blake, I have a semi-man crush on him…. and saw him at ACL just 4 days ago! I can back everything that is said about him! Seeing him live adds a whole new level to his music.
Here’s the Fillmore James Blake poster from tonight. For those that have never been to the Fillmore in San Francisco, the historic venue hands out posters pretty often for shows. They are custom made and obviously limited. There are people who religiously collect these; I have several but have not really taken care of them. I should. Some over the years have become worthwhile collectibles. I know some people frame and display them. The only thing better is to get them signed, which I have at least once if I remember right… Keane signed one years ago. Of course I stuffed it somewhere and it’s probably all wrinkly and stuff. Whoops.
Anyway, James Blake was great at the Fillmore tonight. He’s definitely worth seeing live at least once if you’re able to. The live setting and sound system really adds another level to his music. You can really take in the actual complexity and layers and loops put into each track, more so than on an album recording by far. It’s interesting how his music is “minimalist” yet sooooo complex. For the most part of the show I was pretty near the front, by the left speaker. Blake looked ohhhh so cute as expected. He actually said he had a sore throat and was sipping honey lemon tea or something on stage, but he sounded flawless to me. He ran through most of the songs off his album and some new material as well.
Back to the layers and complexity… wow I was ROCKED by the bass by the speaker. Blake puts the “art” in music… the speed ups, slow downs, crescendos, crashes, diminuendos… each track is a complete work of art. At times the crowd was completely hushed. There was a little too much “second hand” for me though, personal opinion. Not bad, but just too much RIGHT besides me. I could understand how those people are REALLY enjoying Blake though. In terms of live art, Blake not only fills the room with the music, he actually uses SPACIAL artistry. That’s right. There were tracks where you get a whole new level you don’t get on albums. He utilized the speakers like a surround sound system, first reverberating from this speaker, then that one, till echoes and sound were coming from meticulously planned directions. I was dumbfounded by how that sounded and felt. What an artist. Will be on the lookout for photos and videos and reviews. The bass was so hard hitting and wobbly at times, you’re really reminded of his dubstep producing roots (old school South London stuff).
James Blake at ACL
I was there, it was awesome!!!
You might even be able to see me, I was in he middle in a green shirt with a black and red back pack!
Not the best sound quality