Interviews

Quincy Mumford

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Quincy Mumford, namesake of Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why was kind enough to answer a few questions for Emo at Heart.

How did The Reason Why get together?
The name The Reason Why comes from the idea that there is a reason for everything. In our case, the reason why we play music. Brian Gearty (Bass/Vox): I have know Brian since the 4th grade. When I started playing guitar, Brian started playing bass. So we grew up playing music together, including our first punk band together. Karlee Bloomfield (Keys/Vox): Karlee saw us play as a trio back in the day opening for a band called DeSol. We were looking for a keyboard player at the time and Karlee asked to try out, and we were very impressed! It has been 5 years now since she has been in the group. Mike Zdeb (Guitar/Vox): Mike was a fill in for about 2 years while our other guitar player was in college during the school year. When we started to get some serious momentum going with the group, our guitar player decided to leave and it just made sense for Mike to come in as a full timeband mate! and Davide Vossel (Drums): Davide is actually from Italy! He attended music school in NYC with Brian. We were looking for a new drummer this past fall, and Sister Dave (davide) nailed the audition! He is a pleasure to work with.

How does this album differ from your first three?
This album feels like a complete piece of work to me. In the past, it has been just songs that I have written put in a random order that have nothing to do with each other. This album, each song relates back to each other, and all have the same constant theme…the theme of change.

Tell me about the writing process for the songs on this record. Did you write them beforehand or were your banging them out in the studio?
All the songs were written before entering into the studio, and carefully chosen to make sure we had the best batch of tunes to complete this album. All of the songs were written pretty close together, I was in an inspirational mind set, and one song just flowed right after another.

What is your favorite song on the record?
“Eventually”. It is about having the weight of life on your shoulders, and stress bringing you to a darker place, but then realizing that life is but a journey and you need to just keep on keepin and you will get there eventually.

Your music encompasses so many genres. What artists have influenced your sound the most?
Someone who mixes genres so well…Paul Simon. Also Ryan Montbleau, Soulive, and Ray Lamontagne.

You’re getting ready to hit the road – what is your favorite and least favorite part of touring?
Playing is my favorite! Nothing better then a stoked crowd dancing all night to your music. My least favorite, is car trouble when it happens..haha. We have had bad luck with our van breaking down often, never a good time.

What do you want someone who is coming to see you live for the first time to take away from a Quincy Mumford show?
I want them to feel understood, liberated, and lifted.

What was the last CD you bought?
Tedeschi Trucks BandMade up Mind

When I listen to It’s Only Change there isn’t a song I want to skip. What is your favorite record that you can listen to end to end?
John MayerContinuum

Tracy
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