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James Blake discusses mental toll of touring

By | Published on Friday 18 January 2019

James Blake

With his new album out today, James Blake has spoken to Dazed about the mental toll of touring, and the pressure to continue working even when an artist is struggling.

“There’s a lot you don’t confront because you’re not really exposed to a usual routine or other people that will challenge you in a meaningful sense on a personal level”, he says. “Especially if you’re in the limelight, that can definitely stop you from really needing to confront anything. There are a lot of musicians just starting out now who might not be aware of the pitfalls of touring and the pitfalls of a musician’s life”.

“Mental health on the road is something which has generally been left until this generation to really deal with”, he continues. “I think we’ve seen the effects of the artist’s life laid out for us in previous generations, and I think we’re just starting to go, ‘maybe I shouldn’t use these methods to cope with it, maybe I should talk to somebody'”.

Read the full interview here, and check out ‘Mile High’ from the new LP – featuring Travis Scott and Metro Boomin – here: