Winston Marshall

Winston Marshall has spoken about his decision to leave Mumford & Sons, claiming he “got his soul back”.

Marshall helped form the folk-rock band in 2007 but faced backlash after tweeting praise for a book by controversial US journalist Andy Ngo, titled Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan To Destroy Democracy.

In a since-deleted tweet, Marshall said the book was “important” and hailed Ngo as a “brave man”. He intially took a break from the group but three months later, he quit Mumford & Sons.

“What a blessing it was to be so close to such talent as those three lads. I will look back at it all with immense pride and love. However, after much reflection and consideration, I have decided it is time to move on. This is a difficult decision first brought about by an unintentional Twitter storm,” he said in a statement.

In a new interview with The Times, Marshall has said “I really didn’t think Antifa would end up being the hill I died on. It’s not even a topic I actually care that much about.”

Elsewhere he admitted that “I love the band, I love the music. Some of those songs I love dearly and part of me is sad that I won’t be playing them again,” but added that he doesn’t “miss fame.”

Speaking about his departure from the band, Marshall said: “I got my soul back. I felt I could sleep again, it’s amazing the effect that had on me. It has been completely liberating. I feel like it was the right decision.”

“Obviously artists have a right to boycott,” he continued. “The difference now is that it’s ‘silence him or I’m out’. This feels so bizarre and I don’t think it ends well. Musicians’ careers are all about self-expression, so how can they think that’s going to work if they’re not up for people expressing themselves?”

Elsewhere in the interview, Marshall revealed he’d been writing songs and working with a “well-known” pop singer on new material.

Since leaving the band, Winston Marshall has launched the Marshall Matters podcast to “explore the taboo and totemic issues within the creative industries.”


The post Winston Marshall says he “got his soul back” after leaving Mumford & Sons appeared first on NME.


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