Geoff Travis: “We decided that we would make another attempt to buy the name back. And so we started and the first thing we did was sign The Strokes.”
I love this clip, which I hadn’t seen before tonight.
(h/t @taniastroker on Twitter)
From this interview comes the following excerpt…
You started your touring outside the U.S. despite being an American rock band. Why?
Julian: Because there was one fucking person in the music business who cared about what we were doing and his name is Geoff Travis, from Rough Trade Records in the UK. He said, come out to my hood and tour and get this shit together. We partied, then went to England and started touring. I think American labels are so interested in pop music, MTV, making money and not too interested in art. We were lucky enough to find a guy who noticed us. Then fans started reacting to it. That made American bozos say, like, yeah, I dig it too!
Albert: What we’re trying to say is THANK YOU GEOFF TRAVIS.
Julian: You’re the man!
Nick: Isn’t he the lead singer of Travis?