We like what they’re saying, to be blunt. The label seems prepared to make the transition away from music retail and toward relationship management, working to bring fans and bands closer together, which is exactly what most people have been saying all the labels should do.
We think EMI’s extensive recent root and branch reorganisation means it’s closer than most to achieving that dream.
Athlete got together in London’s Deptford in 1999. They’ve released three albums, including the powerfully evocative track ‘Wires’, which shot to number four in the UK charts, while the album it was on, ‘Tourist’, shot to number one in the UK charts. They are Joel Pott (lead vocals and guitar), Carey Willetts (bass and backing vocals), Stephen Roberts (drums and backing vocals) and Tim Wanstall (keyboards and backing vocals).
Once again, this is a re-run of an interview conducted for a UK magazine, which is now out of print.
Q: Tell us how you got together?
A: We’ve all known each other since we were teenagers. We had mutual friends and before long realised that we were all interested in bands so just naturally ended up playing together. I don’t think we’ve ever had a conversation about being in a band, it just seems like we always have been.