Mumford And Sons’ Ben Lovett – My Music

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Right now I’m Loving…
Ellie Goulding – Wish I Stayed
“I think it’s her best song – I think she’s a really good acoustic singer songwriter who’s gone electro, and I like that about her – it’s credible pop.”

An album by a hero…
Ray Lamonragne – Till The Sun Turns Black
“He’s the first person who wrote songs that I fully understood what the importance of lyrics and melody [were] – he’s a genius. I had that album in my bedroom for 18 months and I’d listen to it every night.”

To make me dance…

The Jackson Five – ABC
“If you’re at any party it’s just a great dance-along song. I love to try and swing dance and do some sort of twirling and big gestures.”

My favourite lyric…
Gillian Welch – Look At Miss Ohio
“The lyric is ‘I wanna do right, but not right now.’ It’s a clever play on words, but it’s also very poignant.”

I wish I’d written…
The Beatles – All You need Is Love
“That would have been quite a good one to have done! It’s probably my favourite Beatles song.”

My first gig…
No Doubt, London Brixton Academy – 1997
“I was really into punk. I was 11 years old; I had a blue mohican. I was right at the front on the barrier and it was so good we went the next night.”