Andrew Vowles

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Andrew Vowles
Birth nameAndrew Lee Isaac Vowles
Also known asMushroom
Born (1967-11-10) 10 November 1967 (age 51)
Bristol, England
GenresTrip hop, electronica
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, turntables, keyboards
Years active1983–present
Associated actsMassive Attack
The Wild Bunch

Andrew Lee Isaac Vowles (born 10 November 1967), also known as Mushroom, is an English musician, known for being a founding member of the trip hop/abstract art collective Massive Attack, along with Robert Del Naja (3D)

Early years[edit]

Vowles was born in Bristol.[1] Prior to Massive Attack, Vowles, along with Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall, Nellee Hooper, Adrian Thaws and others were the Wild Bunch crew, named after the western film of the same name by Sam Peckinpah. Several members of The Wild Bunch formed Massive Attack.[2]


Vowles remained a member of Massive Attack until shortly after the release of their third full-length album, Mezzanine, in 1998.[3][4] Interviews with band members have pointed to differences of opinion in the creative direction the band should go.[5][6][7]


Vowles' nickname "Mushroom" comes from the arcade game Centipede.[8] The game was installed at Special K's Cafe, a popular hang-out spot in the mid-1980s for Vowles and his Wild Bunch peers.

Other work[edit]

Apart from his contributions to Massive Attack, Vowles also appears as a DJ and co-producer on Raw Like Sushi, Neneh Cherry's 1989 debut album.[9]


  1. ^ "Mushroom Vowles". IMDB. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Innerviews: Massive Attack - Massive aggressive". 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  3. ^ Drever, Andrew (7 March 2003). "Through the past darkly -". Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles". All Music. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  5. ^ Cottingham, Chris (27 January 2010). "Massive Attack interview". Telegraph. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  6. ^ Skar, William. "Mezzanine: the inside story of Massive Attack's greatest album, 15 years on". FACT. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Are We A Fucking Punk Band Now?". Red Lines. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Massive Attack". Jim Shelley. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi". Time Travel Records. Retrieved 15 November 2015.