James Blake

(James Riley Blake)

James Blake
James Blake
  • Born: December 28, 1979
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Athlete









James Riley Blake is an American retired professional tennis player. Blake was known for his speed and powerful, flat forehand. During his career, Blake amassed 24 singles finals appearances (10–14 record), while his career-high singles ranking was World No. 4. Career highlights included reaching the final of the 2006 Tennis Masters Cup, the semifinals of the Beijing Olympics, the quarterfinals of the Australian Open (2008) and US Open (2005, 2006), as well as two titles at the Hopman Cup (2003, 2004) and being the No. 1 ranked American singles player. Blake was a key performer for the United States 2007 Davis Cup championship team, going 2–0 in the championship tie vs. Russia at second singles.

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East Side, West Side, all around the town Miscellaneous
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. Time ;Music, Chants & Rapps
At some stage in the process, most mainstream pop records are being manipulated and possibly completely rebuilt on a computer, with a visual program.
Dubstep has everything for me. Rhythm, sound design, heartfelt emotion - all in one place.
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. Music, Chants & Rapps
I think Japanese audiences are much more attentive than a London audience.
I think the music that you make, often it's even better if you identify with other people. Music, Chants & Rapps
I think when you're learning an instrument, you are restricted because much of it is the noise of individual theory and your ability to play the instrument. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I wanted to make sounds that I'd never heard before.
I was trying to sound like some of the people I was listening to, like Mala and Coki.
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.
In terms of writing more club tracks, writing more electronically influenced - I feel like it was all electronically influenced, but now that influence has come to me in a different way.
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. Music, Chants & Rapps
I've been asked a lot about the state of dubstep in America, and everyone wants me to say something controversial, but I have no negative feelings toward anything, really.
I've been really trying to hone the art of songwriting in a way that doesn't follow any sort of guideline. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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. Music, Chants & Rapps
The commercialization of dubstep isn't something I'm part of.
The level on which Japan seems to have picked up on my music seems to be on a more abstract level. Music, Chants & Rapps
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. Time ;Music, Chants & Rapps