James Blake rants on remixes: ‘like musical prostitution’

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The post-dubstep scene’s great young hope James Blake has enjoyed a bumper start to 2011, with his self-title debut LP receiving rapturous acclaim, propelling him to stardom and the car stereos of ‘hip’ parents everywhere.

But despite his booming profile Blake’s refusing to go the traditional artist route and pimp out his work with a slew of remixes. In fact, the demure UK producer has something of a vendetta against the remix industry, likening remixes to artistic “prostitution”. (*places $20 note on dresser*)

“Remixing is like musical prostitution,” Blake fumed to US mag Spin. “I think it’s really cynical and vacuous; I’m batting offers away like flies. It never used to be like that. Ray Charles didn’t need five remixes. The song speaks for itself.”

It’s unclear whether Blake’s referring to other artists remixing tracks from his album or offers for him rework others’ material, but it rings strange considering Blake himself has previously turned in mixes for the likes of Untold and Mount Kimbie and bootlegs of Destiny’s Child. Either way, we don’t think he’ll be particularly excited for the release of that Ke$ha remix album.

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Bism

Bism said on the 4th Mar, 2011

Yeah well he would say that, most of the tracks on his album could be shown up by a decent remix.

chimby

chimby said on the 4th Mar, 2011

Does ITM report anything original. Yesterdays news.

dn-ul

dn-ul said on the 4th Mar, 2011

haha is he comparing his material to ray charles? what a kook.

cheechvda

cheechvda said on the 4th Mar, 2011

oh well,.... in much more important news......... Im going to see sven vath tonight!!!!! and i dont think i will be hearing any james blake..

JackT

JackT said on the 4th Mar, 2011

But chimby you're a James Blake acolyte!

beaumont_music

beaumont_music said on the 4th Mar, 2011

a truly arrogant and elitist thing to say. great music, but what a wank-face.

josephgadget

josephgadget said on the 4th Mar, 2011

i think he's referring to 1-track-5-remix-EPs

IHAVENOLEGS

IHAVENOLEGS said on the 4th Mar, 2011

Some of the remixes he has done are just plain terrible. Lil' Wayne ffs

iceburg slim

iceburg slim said on the 4th Mar, 2011

from james blake: "I was talking about the industry of commissioned remixing, where remix work is not always for the love or for the practise, but often for money and for mutual promotion. I've never been commissioned to do a remix; instead I did them for the love and they were signed later.
Heartfelt thanks to those people that have done remixes of my stuff in various wonderful ways, it's a massive compliment."

EgosXII

EgosXII said on the 4th Mar, 2011

holy shit, did he just compare himself to ray charles?

the ego on this guy. Somebody has GOT to stop him now! :\
Next Kanye West imo

Dr Bones

Dr Bones said on the 5th Mar, 2011

Jesus fucking wept.

He didn't compare himself to Ray Charles; he was just citing Ray Charles as an example of someone who didn't need remixes. The way he said it sounds like he aspires to be like Ray Charles musically, and in all honesty, who the fuck wouldn't?

Wowk

Wowk said on the 5th Mar, 2011

If you can't understand that he's referring to pop producers being pimped out to the latest "big name" in dance music to get remixed so that people they appear more credible, then James Blake's music is probably too intelligent for you.

Wowk

Wowk said on the 5th Mar, 2011

*So that they appear more credible, rather.

Villephant

Villephant said on the 5th Mar, 2011

noisia remix of katy perry anyone? lol
http://soundcloud.com/noisia/katy-perry-e-t-noisia-remix/

lawlietskyy

lawlietskyy said on the 5th Mar, 2011

i listened to this guy's album and it was sh1t anyway

Dr Bones

Dr Bones said on the 6th Mar, 2011

Yeah and the latest Bloody Beetroots track was sick.