Two boys, both called Joe, shared an interest in elementary geometry and after discovering an obsolete ‘Triangulation Station’ that belonged to the Ordnance Survey in a South London park, they took this as a sign that they should also attempt to ‘plot a map’, albeit a musical one rather than a geographic one. So with that and the initial funding which was secured through one of ‘The Joes’ taking part in medical trials for a new cancer drug, Angular Recording Corporation was conceived in the June 2003. Their first release was ‘The New Cross’ compilation album, featuring the first recorded appearances from future stars Bloc Party and the Rough Trade re-released Art Brut track ‘Formed A Band’. This album of local talent went on to win ‘Compilation of the Year 2004’ in NME, and spawn the media hyped ‘New Cross Scene’.
The label continued to grow, releasing debut singles and EPs by The Long Blondes, Klaxons, The Violets, The Lodger, and These New Puritans. Joe D also found time to coin the joke genre ‘New Rave’ while in Deptford library with Klaxons songwriter Jamie Reynolds. As if this wasn’t enough, the boys also managed to strike up an informal ‘Special Relationship’ with legendary label Domino (who, naturally delighted, Signed ‘Wild Beasts’ on ‘The Joes’ advice). Joe D has even been seen playing bass for Klaxons in the summer of 07 when Jamie Reynolds broke an important limb on an on-stage mishap.
Angular continues to release the finest pop music they can find and here we catch up with Joe D to find out exactly what goes on when running an independent record label...
Tell us a bit about your company and how you started it... It’s an independent record label and we’ve released all sorts of things over the years, most recently These New Puritans, a minimal synth compilation called ‘Cold Waves and Minimal Electronics’, and a comedy record by poet Tim Key. It began up a hill in a park in Lewisham in 2003.
My main job title is... I do ALL of the jobs. :-)
What I actually do day-to-day is... Lots of frantic flapping about trying to keep it all together.
My first ever job was... I worked in an all night fast food van flipping burgers for drunken students. It was great, free burgers!
I got from there to where I am today... I watched 24 Hour Party People and thought, ‘I wanna do THAT.’
The best bit about my job is... Making a catalogue of great records and them all having their own number.
The worst is... Struggling to sell them.
The funniest/weirdest thing that ever happened to me at work was... Hmm, there’s been a few. A man in San Francisco once sent us a naked photo of himself, that was odd. We put it on our website.
A common misconceptions about my job is... That there’s money, fame, or glamour. There isn’t all that much.
The piece of advice I would give to anyone wanting to do this is... I dunno, I can’t think of any. We always tried not to listen to advice.
The moment which made me realise this was the right job for me was... I never have really, I just kind of tried it for fun and kept on doing it.
In the future I would like to... Settle down.
If I wasn’t doing this I would be... Back in the burger van. Free burgers!!!!