It really surprises me that people in this day and age still write such busy music and fill up every space with layer upon layer of sound... it's like musical landfill.

- James Blake

The commercialization of dubstep isn't something I'm part of.

- James Blake

Dubstep has everything for me. Rhythm, sound design, heartfelt emotion - all in one place.

- James Blake

I never really approach collaborations as kind of normal things where they're arranged and they happen because you've arranged them. I've always been like this, I just have friends I hang out with, and while we're hanging out, if music happens then it happens.

- James Blake

I was trying to sound like some of the people I was listening to, like Mala and Coki.

- James Blake

If all the elements are in place, you should get 80 percent of what a song has to offer no matter how you hear it, whether on headphones or on the radio.

- James Blake

A lot of the vocal music I've been doing recently has been quite clubby. But that's mainly because I've had more time to go to clubs, and that normally breeds that kind of influence.

- James Blake

My mum especially listens to music in a way that is incredibly feelings-based. There's virtually no snobbery about what sounds are in it, she just wants to hear a song and that is quite refreshing.

- James Blake

I think the music that you make, often it's even better if you identify with other people.

- James Blake

We live with incessant music, all the time. It's like some weird musical purgatory, there is absolutely no rest for the ears, no space to absorb and reflect.

- James Blake