AD 164 | Blake Mills
“Mutable Set”

Blake Mills is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, producer, and owner of “Record Collection” and a Grammy Award-winning artist based in California.

Mills has performed on over two hundred recordings, released four solo records, and worked with artists such as Lana Del Rey, Fiona Apple, and Bob Dylan.

Playing as both a session guitarist and composing his own material, Mills meticulously masters both the abstract and intentionality of multiple instruments and seeks to explore the sounds they each have to offer.

After working with artists such as Fiona Apple, and Andrew Bird, Mills revisited the studio and developed the sounds and resonant textures that became “Mutable Set” - a collection of eleven songs that focus on the dissonance of modern life.

Show Notes:
  • 0:00:00 - Introduction
  • 0:04:38 - Origin of the Name of New Record "Mutable Set"
  • 0:07:19 - The Bigger Picture of the Album
  • 0:11:41 - The Self Above Any Specific Role in Music
  • 0:17:44 - Working On Own Projects VS For A Client
  • 0:22:09 - Collaborating and Experimenting with Perfume Genius on "Set My Heart On Fire Immediately"
  • 0:26:28 - Creating Unique Tones and Characteristics Lead to Artistic Fulfillment
  • 0:31:16 - Using The Environment and Studio as a Unique Characteristic of the Process
  • 0:37:27 - Sound City Studio, The Hybrid of Professional and Home Studio
  • 0:40:40 - Partnership With Tony Berg Through The Years
  • 0:44:12 - Mystery Job of Record Production
  • 0:46:48 - Constant Desire to Write New Songs
  • 0:49:32 - How "Mutable Set" Began and the Many Collaborations
  • 0:56:23 - In Love With A Sound That Can't Be Recreated
  • 1:04:43 - Future Plans
  • 1:06:53 - Wrap Up

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Posted 06.18.2020


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino