"Do you know what, it was cultural,” he concludes. “I never came from the place that those people came from, so to come in and go, ‘I’m just going to try and make this stuff’ was probably a bit naive.” He’s at pains to point out that the divide wasn’t racial […] but one of geography and background; Blake comes from Enfield, dubstep started 27 miles away in Croydon."
James Blake, from this Guardian interview.
As a North American, the concept of being an unwanted, uncomprehending outsider because you’re from twenty-seven miles away makes me boggle. I actually thought this might be a very deadpan joke; Dan Hancox has been kind enough to enlighten me about UK musical microregionalism.