Music for Mumfie

A quick chat with Mumford & Sons ahead of their first concert in Thailand

FROM LEFT: Ted Dwane, Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall and Ben Lovett. (Photo courtesy of BEC-Tero)

Mumford & Sons is coming to Bangkok for their debut performance! The Grammy-award winning British rock band, which consists of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane, was formed in 2007 and has released four studio albums so far. Their debut album Sigh No More climbed up to No.2 on the UK Albums Chart and the Billboard 200, eventually earning them Best British Album of the Year at the Brit Awards 2011. Their second album Babel received a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2013. These are just a fraction of their long list of accolades and nominations they have garnered. It is so long that it warrants a separate page on Wiki!

We had a quick chat with Winston Marshall (the long hair dude), the banjoist and the lead guitarist, ahead of "Mumford & Sons Live in Bangkok".

How do you feel about performing for the first time in Thailand? Is there anything you look forward to experiencing here?

Winston Marshall: Not just perform, but first time coming to Thailand so excited for everything, but particularly keen to smash some pad Thai noodles!

Was there a moment you realised you made an international breakthrough?

Our first gig outside of the UK and Ireland was in Germany. None of us had friends there but people showed up. We couldn't believe it!

Your band seems to be on a musical evolution in the last two albums i.e. less banjo and heavier and more produced sound. Can you talk more about that?

We always follow our gut. Although usually, the music we make reflects the music we listen to. So with that in mind, the next album is going to sound like Robyn!

How would you describe your current sound? Or perhaps, more accurately, what is your current approach to making music?

Write, write, write. Work as hard as possible!

Do you prefer a stripped-down acoustic set in a small venue or a big arena?

We love variety. Doing every kind of venue and constantly mixing it up. Which is what we do.

What's your favourite track from Delta? Why?

Favourite track from Delta is the track Delta. Because it's a dance banger in disguise. [about one third in -- editor's note].

What can your Bangkok fans expect? Do you have any messages for them?

It's going to be a f**king party!


"Mumford & Sons Live in Bangkok" at CentralWorld's GMM Live House on Nov 21. Tickets are priced at B1,800 and above, and are on sale via ThaiTicketMajor at bit.ly/2JQYQ7N.