James William Blades is a composer and producer based in New York. Working primarily as film composer, he has worked across a wide range of productions across documentary, art exhibition, sound installation and produces music for recording artists.

James scores explore the use of timbre, harmony and musical aesthetics relating to sonic narratives. James textured and detailed musical productions aim to develop sonic landscapes that create new moods and new meanings.

In 2021 worked with Beyoncé composing the score to her film Black Is King for Disney.  James has worked with Kahlil Joseph, producing music and additional score for his film Flypaper, Black Mary and for Mercury Award Winning artist Sampha’s film Process.

James has had a solo exhibition installed at the V&A Museum in London, and produced music that had been presented at the Venice Biennale, Serpentine Gallery, New Museum, The Shed, 180 The Strand and Palais De Tokyo, where he produced music for artist and musician Theaster Gates exhibition, Amalgam. Most recently James scored the film Starfuckers with Taul Katz, that premiered at Sundance 2022 and is working on the Showtime documentary Point Guards produced by Coodie and Chike

James also composes music for long term collaborator and fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner, providing music productions and music direction.

James has a Masters in composition at Royal College of Music and is the founder of the music production studio Interlude.