During his first visit to Bonnaroo, English singer/songwriter/producer James Blake spoke with Billboard about the progress of his third album, which follows his Mercury Prize-winning 2013 album “Overgrown.”
“Every song is about 50 percent done,” Blake tells Billboard at Bonnaroo 2014. “I’m getting there.”
Blake, whose trippy amalgam of R&B and woozy electronica have won over fans like Kanye West, released his self-titled debut LP in 2011. Since then, he’s become a cult hero in indie and electronic circles.
“I’ve had a completely different life since the first album. I’ve had a lot more freedom since the first album, too,” he says. “The [album] I’m writing now, I’ve had more focus doing this than I have before. I’m having more fun.”
Blake says he’s been writing music with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and hopes to collaborate with Kanye West. “It’s hard to say what will end up on the record, but it’s exciting,” he says. “There’s somebody else I don’t want to mention right now, but who I’m really excited about too.”
Blake’s latest album, “Overgrown” was released in April 2013 through Atlas/Republic.