Yesterday, along with thousands of others, we learned about the actions of a man named Martin Shkreli, who recently obtained the rights to a medication that is critical to the survival of many AIDS and cancer patients. His company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, shamelessly raised the price of this medication from $13.50/pill to $750/pill overnight.
As the events of the day unraveled, we were heartbroken to come to learn that this man was a major financial contributor to Collect Records. As you all know, we released an album with Collect this past summer. From the start we have only ever dealt with people we respected and trusted (Norman, Geoff, and Shaun) and have never met, seen or spoken to Martin Shkreli.
In the whirlwind that has followed, some details concerning the future of Collect remain very blurry (read Geoff Rickley’s comments here). We would like to make one thing clear – we would never knowingly work with Martin Shkreli, or anybody willing to walk across the backs of the sick and dying with a smile on their face for the sake of making a profit. As long as Shkreli is involved with Collect Records, directly or indirectly, we cannot be.
We are extremely excited about the new material we’ve been writing and will continue to tour exhaustively. We don’t know what the future of Collect will look like but we respect everyone else there who we’ve worked so hard with, and want nothing but the best for each and every one of them.