behind the stars

Dan has had several gallery shows in America over the past few years and spoken at many festivals and events around the world, including Adobe Max, Offf Festival, Bump Festival, Various universities around the UK and more.

Clients include Disney, Sony, Iron Maiden, Wizards of the Coast, Icon Motoports, CBS and many many bands and record labels from around the world.
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behind the stars

dan
mumford

a visual musique

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dan mumford is a freelance illustrator working in central london, uk. over the past 10 years, he has worked within the pop culture and music scene.

Creating everything from album covers, branding and screenprint's to new interpretations of classic film posters and albums. Being a musician himself and member of the band Incoherence, Dan Mumford's synchronicity with art and music is undeniably otherwordly. Here's what he told musivv.

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why do you
think art
and music
go hand
in hand?

There's something exciting about trying to portray a band's music or the aural landscapes they create in a visual way. It's not something everything will get from music, but for me, I always visualize music in my head in some way. So it is always exciting to try and bring that out into the artwork that represents the band. They have a symbiotic relationship. Especially when print media was far more important in the past, we needed to have something to visually represent what the music sounded like. Now it is a very different situation, you might hear the music online before even seeing anything more than a small thumbnail. But that's why artworks for bands is perhaps now more focused on larger formats, things like posters and vinyl.

what is your playlist like while working?

I tend to have tv shows or podcasts on more than music actually. I like to have something I can focus on with a narrative thread of some sort, it helps get me into a specific zone while I work.

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what is your
all-time favourite
album cover
by another
illustrator?

It would have to be ‘Chaos AD’ by Sepultura. The album isn't particularly special to me musically, its a good album, but not one that I hold particularly close to my heart. But the album cover itself had such a huge impact on me when I was younger. It's just so metal. It said a lot about what the music would be and what sort of band they were.

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Just keep drawing, do your own thing and stay true to what you enjoy drawing.

It helped me get started in my career

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