Collect Records, the label founded by No Devotion‘s Geoff Rickly, has severed ties with Martin Shkreli after his decision earlier this week to massively increase the price of Daraprim – a drug that can help AIDS and Cancer patients.
Shkreli, who is Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO, was also a silent investor in Collect Records but didn’t have any creative input to the label. Now, after touching on the subject last night in an interview, Geoff Rickly has issued a statement about the matter.
“Today, Collect Records — with the support and encouragement of all of our artists — have agreed to fully sever our relationship with Martin Shkreli, effective immediately.
“When I decided to get into business with Martin, we took him on as a patron. He was completely silent and allowed us to do business as we pleased. His only ask was that we sign bands that we believed could make great art given the right environment and not to focus on a profit, no matter how dire the bottom line.
“Never in a million years did any of us expect to wake up to the news of the scandal that he is now involved in. It blindsided and upset us on every level. As such, we know it is impossible for us to continue having any ties with him. For my part, I’ve always strived to make Collect a place that was so liberal, encouraging, and artist-friendly that no one would ever walk away from us willingly, though to do so at any time would be very easy. To that end, I hope that our bands continue to believe in our guidance and passion. Any of them that have had an incurable crisis of confidence will be allowed to leave with nothing but the kind of encouragement that we’ve built our label on.
“For all the kind words of encouragement that I’ve received over the past two days, I’m forever grateful.
“From all here at Collect Records, thank you.”