James William Blades is a London based composer and producer whose work has included a wide range of productions across feature film, documentaries, commercials, sound installations, theatre and fashion.

More recently James was commissioned to produced and compose music for Threads, Resonance & Reconstruct, a sound installation with collaborator and singer Mabel Ray at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

James composed the soundscape score for Mercury Award winning Sampha’s film Process, directed by Kahlil Joseph — and has continued collaborating with Joseph, working on Black Mary and Fly Paper, which were exhibited in London’s Tate Modern and New York’s New Museum.

In 2016 James composed the score for the National Film Awards Best Thriller nominated film Redistributors and the BIFA Best Documentary  & Grierson nominated film Halfway directed by Bafta Breakthrough Brit Daisy May Hudson. He also came runner up in the prestigious American CINE Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest for emerging composers, selected by a panel of judges including Academy Award-winning Michael Danna and Dan Carlin.

James was awarded a First BA(Hons) from Leeds College of Music, where he studied Music Production under the tutelage of Brian Morrell. He was then given the South Square Trust Scholarship Award to study a Masters in Composition focused towards film scoring at the Royal College of Music, where he graduated under the guidance of Enrica Sciandrone and Vasco Hexel.

James was invited to Thread, an artist residency in Senegal run by the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut. There he worked with Senegalese musicians producing music for fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner and recording a score to Malcolm Sutherland’s new animation. He returned in February 2018 to produce an album incorporating soundscapes and original compositions written and performed by artists in Dakar and Tambacounda.