Metronomy aka Joseph Mount, is a former Brighton resident who went about making music on an old computer in his bedroom whilst a teenager living with his parents in the alternative living utopia that is Totnes in Devon. Seemingly without any ideas of taking his music out on the road, Metronomy has risen the ranks to become a cult star, a maker of extraordinarily bitter-sweet ‘dance’ sounds like no other.
Aided by a clamour to employ his services as a remixer he started to develop a name for himself, shaping his early love of alternative techno, electro, hip hop and new wave into a music all his own. His first album (Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe Me)), released in 2005 while Mount was living in Brighton following a stint at Brighton University, was almost entirely instrumental. But by the time of Nights Out in 2008, and partly thanks to his remixing work where he would sometimes employ his own voice in shaping these remixes, Joseph Mount had discovered his singing voice, and with a new deal with the Because label, the demand for gigging and touring had become so great that music was suddenly becoming a career, and a way of life. And, instead of being a laptop DJ act, he wanted to have a band. “I was doing some shows on my own, which were pretty crap, so I thought it would be better to get a band thing going on,” he has said. With an endearing playfulness on stage (including super cheap push-lights to wear on stage, to dressing up in funky looking suits), Metronomy have over the years gradually developed into a popular act around the globe.
Roll on 2016, and he’s about to release his fifth studio album, Summer 08, the follow-up to the Top 10 album Love Letters, and which included the title song and brilliantly inventive accompanying video, an infectious Motown-soul inspired stomp that helped to raise their profile even further.