Joel Pott

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Joel Pott
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Background information
Born (1979-01-20) 20 January 1979 (age 40)
Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England
InstrumentsVocals, synthesizer, guitar, keyboard, bass guitar, piano, drums
Years active1999-present
LabelsFiction, Parlophone, Astralwerks
Associated actsAthlete, George Ezra, Shura

Joel Laslett Pott (born 20 January 1979 in Spilsby, Lincolnshire) is an English musician. He is the lead vocalist and guitarist of the indie band Athlete and a songwriter.[1]


While a child, he was bought some drums by his parents. These ultimately "didn't work out" and he was then given a nylon string guitar at the age of six. In his teenage years, he listened to British bands such as Blur, Radiohead and Oasis. He has cited Blur guitarist Graham Coxon as an influence on his own playing of the instrument.[2]

Pott went to Trinity school in Stalybridge Greater Manchester and then to Hillcrest School in Bellingham, near Catford in London, later studying graphic design, photography and English for his A levels at the Brit School of Performing Arts and Technology.[3]

He considered attending the University of Edinburgh, but decided to move to Deptford, London, where he formed Athlete with childhood friends Carey Willetts, Steve Roberts and Tim Wanstall in 1999. Pott appeared on the BBC panel gameshow Never Mind the Buzzcocks on 15 November 2007.

Joel Pott; and his band Athlete have to date released four studio albums. These are Vehicles and Animals in 2003, which was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize award, Tourist in 2005, which reached number one in the UK Album Charts in its first week and included the band's highest charting song "Wires" at number four, Beyond the Neighbourhood in 2007 and Black Swan in 2009.

The band also have released three EPs which are titled Athlete, The Outsiders EP and The Getaway. The band have also released two live albums which includes a live recording from the band's show at Union Chapel performing their main hits stripped back to acoustic and more mellow titled Live at Union Chapel. The band's other live release was a ten-year anniversary live version of their debut album Vehicles and Animals Live recorded during a tour across the country.

The band continue to play occasional dates and small festivals whilst Joel has also been working with artists including George Ezra and London Grammar in writing songs. Athlete have stated that at this moment they do not intend to create a new album but have not ruled it out in the future.

Personal life[edit]

Pott married in 2000.[4] From the relationship he has three children including a daughter called Myla.[3] Although now healthy, she was born prematurely and is the subject of the Athlete song "Wires".[5] Pott also wrote a song "Black Swan Song" after the death of his grandfather in 2005, who fought in World War II.

Songwriting and Production Credits[edit]

Since 2011 Pott has co-written and produced tracks with a number of artists including George Ezra, London Grammar, James Bay, Gabrielle Aplin and Shura.[6] He was nominated for the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards as co-writer of the hit single 'Budapest' by George Ezra.[7]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with Produced with
"Is This Love" 2012 Aiden Grimshaw Misty Eye Co-writer Aiden Grimshaw, Jarrad Rogers -
"Another Life" 2013 Bo Bruce Before I Sleep Co-writer/Producer Catherine Brudenell-Bruce -
"Over & Over
(Run With the Horses)"
Catherine Brudenell-Bruce, Thomas Marsh -
"Salvation" Gabrielle Aplin English Rain Co-writer Gabrielle Aplin -
"Shyer" London Grammar If You Wait Producer - London Grammar, MyRiot
"Youth" Fenech-Soler Rituals Co-writer Ross Duffy, Benjamin Duffy, Daniel Soler, Andrew Lindsay -
"Did You Hear the Rain?" George Ezra Wanted on Voyage George Barnett -
"Budapest" George Barnett -
"Touch" 2014 Shura Nothing's Real Co-writer/Producer Aleksandra Yakunina-Denton Shura
"Cassy O'" George Ezra Wanted on Voyage Co-writer George Barnett -
"Blame It on Me" George Barnett -
"Barcelona" George Barnett -
"Listen to the Man" George Barnett -
"Leaving It Up to You" George Barnett -
"Stand By Your Gun" George Barnett -
"Breakaway" George Barnett -
"Spectacular Rival" Co-writer/Additional producer George Barnett Cam Blackwood, Liam Thorne
"Song 6" Co-writer George Barnett -
"Da Vinci Riot Police" George Barnett -
"Blind Man in Amsterdam" Co-writer/Producer George Barnett -
"Kinds & Queens" Brooke Fraser Brutal Romantic Co-writer Brooke Fraser, Scott Ligertwood -
"Indecision" 2015 Shura Nothing's Real Co-writer/Producer Aleksadnra Yakunina-Denton Shura
"Need the Sun to Break" James Bay Chaos and the Calm Co-writer James Bay -
"2Shy" Shura Nothing's Real Co-writer/Producer Aleksadnra Yakunina-Denton Shura
"White Light" Aleksadnra Yakunina-Denton Shura
(featuring Foxes)
Giorgio Moroder Déjà Vu Co-writer Giorgio Moroder, Louisa Rose Allen, Raney Shockne, Jean-Yves Ducornet, Patrick Jordan-Patrikios -
"Know Me Better" Mabel Non-album single Co-writer/Producer Mabel McVey -
"My Boy My Town" Mabel McVey -
"Better Off Without You" Aquilo Painting Pictures of a War EP Co-writer Thomas Higham, Benjamin Fletcher -
(featuring Talib Kweli)
2016 Shura Non-album single Co-writer/Producer Aleksandra Yakunina-Denton, Talib Greene -
"What's It Gonna Be?" Nothing's Real Co-writer/Additional producer Aleksandra Yakunina-Denton, Greg Kurstin, Maureen McDonald Greg Kurstin, Shura
"The Space Tapes" Co-writer Aleksandra Yakunina-Denton -
"No Gold" Norma Jean Martine Non-album single Co-writer/Producer Norma Jean Martine -
"Make It Up" Shura Nothing's Real Aleksandra Yakunina-Denton Shura
"Thinking of You" Mabel Non-album single Mabel McVey -
"(i)" Shura Nothing's Real Producer - Shura
"Nothing's Real" Co-writer/Producer Aleksandra Yakunina-Denton Shura
"Kidz 'n' Stuff" Producer - Al Shux, Shura
"What Happened to Us?" Co-writer/Producer Aleksandra Yakunina-Denton Shura
"(ii)" Aleksandra Yakunina-Denton Shura
"Tongue Tied" Additional producer - Greg Kurstin, Shura
"311215" Producer - Shura
"Ride or Die" 2017 Mabel Bedroom EP Co-writer Mabel McVey, Joshua Crocker -
"Talk About Forever" Co-writer/Producer Mabel McVey -
"Don't Matter Now" George Ezra Staying at Tamara's Co-writer George Barnett -
"Begging" Mabel Ivy to Roses Mabel McVey, Joshua Crocker -
"Come Over" Co-writer/Co-producer Mabel McVey Josh Crocker
"Low Key" Co-writer Mabel McVey -
"Get Away" 2018 George Ezra Staying at Tamara's George Barnett -
"Shotgun" George Barnett -
"All My Love" George Barnett -
"Sugarcoat" George Barnett -
"Hold My Girl" George Barnett -
(featuring First Aid Kit)
George Barnett -
"Only a Human" George Barnett -
"The Beautiful Dream" George Barnett -
"17" Lily Moore Not That Special EP Lily Rendle-Moore -
"3AM" You Me at Six IV Joshua Franceschi, Maxwell Meyler, Christopher Miller, Daniel Flint, Forest Woods -
"Make 'Em Like You" Tom Grennan Lighting Matches Co-writer/Producer Thomas Grennan -
"Little by Little Love" Thomas Grennan -


  1. ^ NME – Ivor Novello 2006 Winners
  2. ^ Fender Frontline Online[permanent dead link] - A cuppa and a chat with Athlete
  3. ^ a b The Independent Archived 20 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine - Interview: Athlete lead singer Joel Pott
  4. ^ The Independent[permanent dead link] - Athlete: On their marks
  5. ^ The Independent Archived 8 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine - Athlete: On top of their game
  7. ^ "The Ivors Nominations 2015". The Ivors. 24 March 2015.

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