Joe Mount is the mastermind behind Metronomy, one of the UK’s most inventive, loved and successful bands. Joe formed Metronomy as a teenage bedroom project in his home town of Totnes, Devon and it took shape when he moved to Brighton to study music and visual art. Releasing the debut album Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe) in 2006, Metronomy became one of the more complex and considered characters of the burgeoning nu-rave scene.
Relocating to London in 2008, Metronomy played a string of shows as trio with a very creative aesthetic which included outfits decorated in push-on bulbs and a series of choreographed routines. Completely changing it up with a new line up that included bassist Olubenga and drummer Anna, Metronomy’s album The English Riviera was released in 2011 and is considered to be one of the most visionary pop records this decade. The album was smart, literate and catchy, and earned itself a nomination for the 2011 Mercury Prize. The gorgeous and just as innovative Love Letters follows in 2013 and in 2016 they released Summer 08, named after the last summer Joe had spent not playing the festival circuit.
Joe’s now based in Paris but we caught him in August last year on a trip back to the UK to headline By The Sea Festival in Margate for a chat about his fascination with architecture.