Mumford & Sons’ Winston says Simian Mobile Disco inspired his techno project The Floppy Disc Jockey

Marshall also toyed with the moniker Tech No Notice

Mumford and Sons member Winston Marshall has discussed how Simian Mobile Disco inspired him to make techno music.

Speaking to NME in a video interview recently, Marshall described how working with Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford for the band’s new album, ‘Wilder Mind’, introduced him to the electronic music scene.

“Simian Mobile Disco changed my life. They put me onto the EDM world. Although they would hate that term, they’re more techno,” Marshall said.

He added: “When we were producing the record with James Ford, he had a residency at XOYO in London and nobody else went but I went every week. They were good times. I got absolutely smashed and had some of the best nights of my life. I became obsessed with Simian Mobile Disco’s music and poorly attempted to make my own techno music”.

Marshall also revealed that he toyed with the names The Floppy Disc Jockey and Tech No Notice for the ill-fated side-project.

“The trick to techno, as a connoisseur, is that you got to do two things: keep your hands down and your mouth shut,” he added.

Watch the video interview above.

Meanwhile, it was recently reported that Marcus Mumford has been making hip-hop music with producer 88-Keys.

The producer told NME: “I got an email from a really good friend of mine called Izzy [Izvor Zivkovic], who also manages my best friend Kanye West. He told me Marcus [Mumford] is part of the band Mumford & Sons. I’ve always seen their name around but I’ve never actually listened to any of their music, only because I’m really tuned out of pretty much anything current, music wise.”

The British band released ‘Wilder Mind’ in May, topping both the UK and US Album Charts. Partly recorded with The National‘s Aaron Dessner, the LP saw a departure from the band’s signature acoustic sound, with their use of banjos replaced with more electric guitar.