Why Mumford & Sons' Winston Marshall is going to change his tattoo and stop going by the nickname "Country Winston"
- GQ: Why the word "tour" [as a tattoo]?
- Winston Marshall: Um, because I love tour.
- GQ: Not "touring"? Not even "tour!" with an exhortatory or celebratory exclamation mark? Could you only afford the four letters?
- WM: Yeah, at the time... [He grins.] I'll add the 'ing' now. I know it's not very imaginative.
- GQ: While we're at it, why the nickname "Country"?
- WM: I'm not up for it any more; I'm going to change it. It was from an old band where we had pseudonyms. I kept it because I thought it was fun. There was Hillbilly Harry, Duvet Crocket, Kid Fiddler... The problem is, at the time, for me, country music meant bluegrass. Now I've spent time in America I've realised I don't actually like country music.
I think it’s brilliant that that music is catching people’s attention. It’s beautiful… And I think these acts nowadays are keeping people’s ears open to the idea of the soulfulness of folk-style music and acoustic music, and you get a little bit closer to the musician, to the writer, at times. It doesn’t have to be about them. I don’t think it’s about authenticity at all. It’s just about the idea that style can sometimes bring you in and bring you closer, like someone sitting at a piano can.
- Jack White, when asked, “What do you think of acoustic bands like Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers, who play acoustic music and are making a huge mark on the charts today?”
There’s so much music about just going out and going to a club and meeting a girl and going back home. I think it’d be good if people, kind of, just listened to more music about everything else that happens on a day to day basis. Um, a lot of things happen between like, 9 am and 10 pm before you go to the club and meet your girl and get drunk and go home. It’s like, you know there’s other stuff.
- Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, when asked about what he wishes was different about music today in this interview.
- Interviewer: And how has the tour been going so far? We heard about the jerks who stole some of your stage gear in Perth, did it turn up?
- Ben Lovett: A stolen banjo was found in a bush but the rest of it will probably end up on eBay and we’ll just have to buy it back! Tour's been fun, we love touring down under!!
Being in Mumford & Sons is just a lot of fun really. Whenever I write a song or some music for the band, it just happens, kinda wakes me up at night, or in a moment quickly captured on my phone, and then we work on each other’s songs, which is fun and collaborative.
- Ben Lovett on being in Mumford & Sons. Read the full interview about his label Communion here!
I think we’ve realized we’re not really a folk band, and we don’t wanna be a folk band. I think we just wanna be what we are.
- Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons [x]
Mumford and Sons excite me, because they do have drama and they do have optimism, and they turn a crowd upside down.
- Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, during a rare press conference, when asked whether there was any new music that has caught their attention.