While Blur was on its long hiatus, drummer David Rowntree didn’t just sit around writing Chinese operas or making cheese. He went back to school to become a lawyer. He’s now a practicing criminal attorney specializing in defense cases. He contributed a guest column to the subscription-only weekly version of the UK trade publication MusicWeek.com on what a label/manager should do if one of their artists is arrested.
1. Tell the artist to shut up and not talk about the allegations.
2. Tell the artist not to speak to anyone about what’s going on until the lawyer arrives. Don’t sign ANYTHING.
3. Make sure the artist asks for a lawyer–independent legal representation.
If you would like to reach David, get him at Kingsley Napley LLP in London.