Interview:: Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why

Please introduce yourself and tell us what you do in the band!

My name is Quincy Mumford, I am the front man, lead singer, and rhythm guitar player in Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why.

The new album, Its Only Change, is simply phenomenal. It displays the perfect mix of genres from funk to rock to soul to reggae to jazz and it’s all just very captivating. At the same time, it’s almost daring to mix so many genres into one album. What inspired you to create an album like this?

I listen to so many different types of music that it just come natural to write in many different ways. I don’t say to myself, ok today im going to write a funk song, or a ballad… Whatever I feel, is what I write. So in many ways these mix of genres, are not intentional.

When listening to Its Only Change, you can instantly sense a mix of emotions that was put into this album. Which song is the most personal to you and can you explain the meaning behind it?

Probably the song, “Eventually”. It comes from a place of struggle but also hope. The song is about having the weight of life on your shoulders, and stress weighing you down, but realizing that life is but a journey, you must keep on keepin on and you will get there eventually. Playing that song always puts a smile on my face

You’ve played over 400 shows since starting Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why. If you could choose one as the most memorable, which would it be and why?

That’s a hard one! There have been so many! Recently…we played a festival in CT called “Blues on The Beach”. There were at least 5000 people on the beach dancing like crazy. We were on a huge awesome stage, with killer lights, and totally nailed our set!

In May of last year, you released your first live album. Did you find it difficult or challenging to record a live album versus recording in a studio? And would you do it again if you could?

With a live album, you only have one chance to make it right. There are no “do overs”. We had to practice non-stop to create a killer liveshow. We performed 3 shows over 2 days and picked the best songs from each show. Even though we recorded in a studio for the latest record, it was pretty similar to the live one, in the sense that we only had 10 days to create it. Such a short amount of time to get everything just right. I would do another live album in a minute. I had a blast making it!

If Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why could create a dream tour, who would be on it and what would it be called?

Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why / Ryan Montbleau Band / Soulive / D’ Angelo …. It would be called Soul Cruise!

You’ve been a band for over 5 years now. What are some life lessons you’ve learned from both being in a band and being on the road?

There are a lot of life lessons to be learned like…Make sure you always have your luggage with you, because you never know when your going to be stranded with your van broken down 150 miles away. Also, to give back and pay it forward because you never know when you will need a helping hand. There have been number of times when we have needed a place to stay because we could not afford a hotel room, and kind people that enjoy our music, complete strangers have put us up for the night. Be kind, be positive, live to love, and respect each other!

It seems that with every new album that you put out, you create a challenge for yourself. With this album, I think it’s the mixed amount of genres and instruments used to create your sound. Are you currently working on new music with a new challenge for yourself?

Always! haha.. We just recently recorded live in the studio with a studio audience, doing new and old songs, all with acoustic arrangements. Not sure when or how we are going to put it out, but we love to have options and new music to sell or give away!

What do you hope your fans walk away with after listening to Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why?

I hope they walk away feeling liberated, understood, and lifted.

What can we expect next from Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why?

Lots of touring, new music, and new videos! stay tuned!

Come out and see us live for the full experience! We promise you will not regret it!

Review:: It’s Only Change | Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why

Somewhere, in some secret underground laboratory filled with beakers and burners and junk, there is a scientist. Wearing a lab coat and a giant pair of headphones. Trying to combine as many musical styles into one band as he can. He starts throwing genres into test tubes, and they all start combining and bubbling and smoking and steaming and … *poof.*

The fog clears, and Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why pops out.

And that, my friends, is what we call a ridiculous exaggeration. Anyway, back on topic – on their fifth album, New Jersey’s Quincy Mumford returns with his array of musical stylings, ranging from jazz to funk to hip-hop to pure rock & roll.

For this record, Mumford et al. took to Nashville with a handful of renowned producers to help create the swirl of emotions and styles that is It’s Only Change, which Mumford says is unlike anything he had ever done before,” giving him the chance“to mesh all [of my] influences into one complete piece of work.“

The record opens on “Change,” which carries in an intro that calls for The Hold Steady comparisons before shifting into something that’s a little more reggae. It only takes a couple more minutes before “Under the Covers” makes things reeeal funky.

Both “Time Won’t Wait” and “When You Get Back” slow the tempo a bit, while keeping all of the heart and soul of the album fully intact. Sticking with the cooled, calmed-down side of the album, “Eventually” is an absolute stand-out. Lyrically, Mumford croons as he aches for a simpler life, contemplating the indecisiveness that can stand in the way – “Do I sit? Do I stay? / Should I walk? Should I talk? / It’s very confusing for me. … Maybe I just want to enjoy this … Stop to appreciate the small things that make this world great / Because I know this life can all be fun and games / but if I play these cards correctly / I’ll be free / eventually.”

Anyway, closer “Baby Don’t Go” is a full-band romp with echoing, rumbling guitars and a carefree vibe. It ends the album with a feeling of longing and want, while feeling upbeat and positive. It’s a very cool, certainly tricky, approach at a song, let alone a closer. Well played.

Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why are poised to be in just about any spotlight they want. Their multiple sounds are broad and unique, but each different one still feels genuine and right. Whether it’s the album’s bouncing energy or smooth laid-back mellowness, Its Only Change is something new and for the better.

Release Date: July 30th, 2013
Rating: 3.25/5
Runtime: 38:39

01. “Change”
02. “For You”
03. “Under The Covers”
04. “When You Get Back”
05. “A Hard Place”
06. “Time Won’t Wait”
07. “Eventually”
08. “Madeline”
09. “No Love”
10. “Baby Don’t Go”

Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why are:
Quincy Mumford – Vocals, guitar
Brian Gearty – Bass, backing vocals
Mike Zdeb – Lead guitar, backing vocals
Davide Vossel – Drums
Karlee Bloomfield – Keys, backing vocals