James Blake

James Blake opens up about mental health, “suicidal thoughts”

James Blake spoke at the Performing Arts Medicine Association’s (an organization that focuses on the improvement of health care for musicians, dancers, and actors) symposium in Orange County, California yesterday as a guest speaker. Blake opened up about his experiences with depression and anxiety during a panel called “You Got This: Managing the Suicide Crisis in the Arts Population,” Billboard reports.

Blake revealed that he experienced “suicidal thoughts” from touring. When he released the CMYK EP and James Blake. “I was taken away from normal life essentially at an age where I was half-formed,” he said, according to Billboard. He also went on to say that because of the very brief interactions that artists have with others while on tour, only the “good stuff” is talked about, “which generally doesn’t involve how anxious you feel [or] how depressed you feel.”

Blake also discussed how poor eating habits affected him. “I would say that chemical imbalance due to diet and the deterioration of my health was a huge, huge factor in my depression and eventual suicidal thoughts,” he said, according to Billboard. “I developed [dietary] intolerances that would lead to existential depression on a daily basis. I would eat a certain thing and then all day I would feel like there was just no point.”

Blake said he began using an experimental treatment called EMDR therapy and how he had started to cut ties with people who were enabling unhealthy behavior. “Honestly, a lot of catharsis just came in telling lots of people to fuck off,” he said. “And saying no. Saying no to constant touring. No [amount of] money will ever be enough.”

He said he has started to open up about his depression and anxiety because “we are the generation that’s watched several other generations of musicians turn to drugs and turn to excess and coping mechanisms that have destroyed them,” he said, according to Billboard. “And there are so many high-profile people recently who’ve taken their own lives. So we, I think, have a responsibility to talk about it and to remove the stigma.”

Watch Kendrick and Future in new “King’s Dead” video

Jay Rock has released the music video for “King’s Dead,” his song for Black Panther with Kendrick Lamar, Future, and James Blake. It shows Kendrick, Jay, and Future partying in a corporate office with the other scenes seem to have been filmed in Los Angeles’ Bradbury Building. Watch the “King’s Dead” video, directed by Dave Free of the little homies & Jack Begert, below.

James Blake releases cover of Don McLean’s “Vincent”

James Blake has shared a studio recording of Don McLean’s “Vincent,” which he occasionally performs at his live sets. Watch the performance video that was shot yesterday at L.A.’s Conway Studios here. McLean’s song was written as a tribute to Van Gogh and appeared originally on his LP American Pie.

Day For Night lineup has been announced

The other day, Day for Night, the art and music festival in Houston, Texas, announced its 2017 lineup. Among the headliners are Nine Inch Nails, Thom Yorke, Solange, Justice, St. Vincent, Tyler, the Creator, and James Blake. Also on the lineup are Jamie xx, Pussy Riot, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sky Ferreira, Cardi B, Perfume Genius, Laurie Anderson, Lil B, Jlin, Priests, Mount Kimbie, and Jenny Hval. GAS will also be playing the festival, making it his first show in the United States since 2009. Day for Night 201 will take place December 15-17. See the full lineup here.

On the first day of the festival, there is going to be a summit with talks by Chelsea Manning, Laurie Anderson, Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova, and Los Angeles-based artist Lauren McCarthy. After the summit, there is going to be a “Soul Cleansing,” a performance presented by Saint Heron that will feature Solange, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kaytranada. Day for Night also will have 18 installations from artists including Ryoji Ikeda, Matthew Schreiber, and Felicie D’Estienne D’Orves.

A part of the earnings from this year’s Day for Night is going to be donated to the Greater Houston Community Foundation to help people in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Last year’s festival featured the first Aphex Twin set in the States since 2008.

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. West Texas – PWR BTTM

2. Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales – Car Seat Headrest

3. Everybody Wants to Love You – Japanese Breakfast

4. Be Apart – Porches

5. I Need A Forest Fire – James Blake, Bon Iver

6. Under the Sun – DIIV

7. Gone – Day Wave

8. No Woman – Whitney

9. Some Are Lakes – Land of Talk

10. Expanding Anyway – Morning Teleportation

11. Nova Scotia – Boyscott

12. The Hedonist – Foreign/National

13. Someone Disappeared – The Everywheres

14. In the Moonlight – Blithe Field

15. Cab Deb – Good Morning

16. I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore – Lucy Dacus

17. Little Fourth of July – Petite League

18. What Once Was – Her’s

19. Looking out for You – Joy Again

20. Milk – Magic Potion

Listen to James Blake and Bon Iver’s new song “I Need a Forest Fire”

On Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show today, James Blake announced that his new album The Colour in Anything, the follow-up to 2013’s Overgrown, would be released today. He debuted a new collaborative track with Bon Iver named tracks from the album: “I Need a Forest Fire,” and “Radio Silence,” which used to be the title track. Listen to both below. Both tracks were also quickly released on Spotify.

James Blake says new album Radio Silence is complete, shares “Timeless”

Listen to “Timeless,” which he premiered during the two-hour 1-800 Dinosaur broadcast tonight, below.

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