James Blake on the mental toll of touring

“There’s a lot you don’t confront because you’re not really exposed to a usual routine or other people that will challenge you in a meaningful sense on a personal level. Especially if you’re in the limelight, that can definitely stop you from really needing to confront anything. There are a lot of musicians just starting out now who might not be aware of the pitfalls of touring and the pitfalls of a musician’s life.

“Mental health on the road is something which has generally been left until this generation to really deal with. I think we’ve seen the effects of the artist’s life laid out for us in previous generations, and I think we’re just starting to go, ‘maybe I shouldn’t use these methods to cope with it, maybe I should talk to somebody'”. – James Blake