Blake Mathew Simon Mills, born in Santa Monica CA in 1986, is a musician, songwriter, composer and producer currently based in Venice Beach, California.
Growing up, Blake spent time studying and performing world music with Bob Brozman in Santa Cruz, CA. During this time, he developed an appreciation of music from West Africa that continues to influence his playing style.
He was a founding member and co songwriter for the band Simon Dawes with his classmates from high school. They toured and made one record with producer Tony Berg with whom Blake continues to work with and considers a mentor.
Following his departure from Simon Dawes in Oct. 2008, Blake developed his reputation as a session musician as he gained a network of artists that he continues to work with. Through these contributions, Blake has toured with Jenny Lewis, Band of Horses, Cory Chisel, Jesca Hoop, Cass McCombs, and Julian Casablancas.
Between his touring and session work, Blake began work on his self produced debut album Break Mirrors, released in 2010 via Record Collection. He also contributed music for two films, the score for th forthcoming Ozzy Osbourne documentary, Wreckage of My Past, and guitar for The People Speak, a political documentary starring Howard Zinn, Matt Damon, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Josh Brolin, and others. Recently he performed, co-wrote, and produced the 2009 Mt Egypt album III and is producing the debut album from the Los Angeles band Haim
Blake also is a musical consultant for Apple Computers and Apogee Electronics.