INTERVIEW: Adam Stockdale – Mumford and Sons

POSTED 23.05.16 IN NEWS

INTERVIEW: Adam Stockdale – Mumford and Sons

The former Hundred Reasons tech talks Handwired combos and the perils of festivals.

Bio

From Nashville, TN, Adam has worked with bands including Mumford and Sons, The Maccabees, The Kooks, Bastille, Bombay Bicycle Club, Morcheeba, Hundred Reasons, Ghost of a Thousand, Pitchshifter and more.

When was the first time you worked with a Marshall set up, and which band was it?

The first proper amp I bought was a ‘67 small box ‘Plexi’ I was 15! It cost me £80, I didn’t really know at the time what a big deal that was, but it said Marahall, so I bought it!

The first band I ever toured with who had one was Hundred Reasons! I guess that was ’02/’03, Larry had a ‘Plexi’, I remember the chassis was reversed so the back was the front.

What is the loudest rig you have worked on?

Hugh Harris from The Kooks.

Best and worst gigs you have worked?

Best gig was probably Rolling Stones support at the 02! Or maybe Alex Fergusons 25th anniversary dinner! But I love football!

Worst gig probably some award show, Brits and Grammys are pretty dry. Or maybe one of festivals, they are never fun when you are working, it’s always a damage limitation situation! Do the best you can in an awful environment!

Favourite Marshall Head?

JCM800 50 watt.

Anything unique about the Marshall rig you are working on now?

I’m actually looking after a Banjo, so no Amps. But Seth has a 1962 ‘Bluesbreaker’. That’s nice, nothing out of the ordinary though.

Coolest person you have worked with or hung around with?

I have been pretty fortunate, and always had good relationships with the folks I am working with! Hanging out with Johnny Depp was pretty cool, he was a lovely guy! I also took a piss next to Keith Richards once that was just surreal. Dan Hawkins (The Darkness) is an absolute sweetheart and a killer player.

Apart from the current Artist you have worked with who’s your favourite guitarist/band?

Right now I’m with The Avett Bros. Seth has two 1962 ‘Bluesbreaker’ reissues, they are great.

Ross Godfrey without doubt is the best guitarist I have ever worked with. He used a JTM45 reissue through a revolver! Which is just killer.

At heart I think I’m a Prog rocker, that was a big deal for me growing up. Deep Purple, Zep, Thin Lizzy, Grand Funk. But players, I love Lindsay Buckingham, Eddie Hazel, Van Halen was a big one for me! But Jimi always wins. I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like Jimi!

JCM or ‘Plexi’?

This is a tough one! Although my playing is more ‘Plexi’-esque, I think the 800 is a little more versatile, especially if you want more gain! Although a ‘Plexi’ was good enough for Jimi and that says it all really!

Which modern day Marshalls do you like?

All the Handwired Series are awesome! The 1974X is certainly my favourite. I have got at least 3 bands to use those! I also like the 1 watt anniversary heads, the Class 5, and the ‘Plexi’ reissues.

Anything in your rig modded?

I have tried a lot of things, but it’s pretty simple at the moment. Although I do like taking one EL34 out of a 50watt. If it’s a master volume style, it allows you to get way more dirt and saturation at lower volumes.

This is great if you jump the channels too! Also wherever possible, I switch out the speakers to the 20 watt greenbacks!

What’s the secret Marshall weapon in your set up?

I have the ‘60s one watt Head and I love it, live and for recording! I also had a JTM30 open back 1/12″ inch cab, which I sold to Winston Marshall from Mumford and Sons. I regretted it immediately! Best cab I have ever had.

Lastly any funny standout Marshall stories?

One year at Glastonbury, I forget which, but it was the one The Killers headlined and everyone was booing because it was too quiet. Anyway, I was with The Kooks, load in was 8am or so. And at the time Hugh was using, 2 Hiwatt 2 x 12” combos and 2 2 x 12” cabs. Plus another duplicate rig of dummies. It was massive and very loud! All white too.

Behind all of this was a 1974X doing all the work! And I remember Seasick Steve, was wandering around, and came over to say hi, laughing and saying, I toured with ZZ Top once, and Billy Gibbons did the same. Had walls of 4 x 12”s on stage but a little combo behind. That’s where the magic is!

Thanks for chatting with us, Adam!

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