James Blake influenced by Frank Ocean
- Bang Showbiz
- 26 May 2016
James Blake's third album was heavily influenced by Frank Ocean, even though the rapper only appears on one song
James Blake's third album was heavily influenced by Frank Ocean.
The 28-year-old rapper collaborated with James on a song for his latest record, 'The Colour in Anything', but James admitted Frank's influence can be felt on the entire album.
He told Rolling Stone: "His music was a huge influence on the way I was writing the record, the way I was writing melodies. I was more of a fan of him when I heard his newer music. It's better. You grow, you improve, you nail a new message to the board. He's had time to mature. It's really cool to watch."
Meanwhile, James, 27, admitted that his fame made him feel like he was living a double life and these days he prefers working with collaborators than on his own.
He said: "I felt like I lived a double life. Me doing festivals, me being on TV, meeting Pharrell, and then me with my old-school friends: the person that was prone to getting into a rut, the person that could easily switch off and just not see anyone for ages.
"I had four years of my life where I just worked on my own music. I prefer not to look back on that. I love the music that came out of it, but I don't want to work in that kind of pressure cooker again. You're a little bit mad.
"While I'm obsessing over these tiny details, things that a lot of people aren't going to notice, it stops you from really focusing on the things that are important. I might as well have been on Instagram all day."