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My Musicial Influences: Set Mo


Over the last two years as Set Mo wrote their debut album ‘Surrender’ they went back and listened to a lot of their very earliest electronic musical influences.

These are the tracks and albums that they got into as young teenagers before they’d ever set foot in a nightclub or attended a music festival. They said:

“It wasn’t until we went back to these artists that we realised just how much of an impact they’d had on us. One of the main things we love about these artists is that they would write such diverse albums, that have everything from down-tempo ambient tracks right through to straight up club bangers. While writing our debut album, we really strove to write a diverse body of work that shows depth and demonstrates all of our musical tastes. Here are the ten tracks that have had the biggest influence on us and our music.”

The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up

This was the first album I (Stu) owned! Although our music isn’t the same intensity we have taken a lot from The Prodigy, especially their drum programming.

The Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin’ Beats

I distinctly remember hearing this track for the first time as a young teenager, it was playing in a friend’s car and I was like ‘what is this?’. My mate showed me the album cover and I went and bought the CD straight away. That was the beginning of my love for this diverse duo.

Moby – Porcelain

If you had to ask me (Nick) what my favourite album is of all time, ‘Play’ by Moby would probably have to be it. This is a standout tune from it, instantly recognizable from the very beginning with those signature stings.

Daft Punk – Digital Love

To be honest, all of Daft Punk’s music has had a huge influence on us since we were kids. Their sampling, the way they really experiment with sounds and their production is so good. There’s a reason they’re one of the biggest electronic acts of all time.

Groove Armada – My Friend

Groove Armada has to be one of our biggest musical influences and a perfect example of an artist who has put out diverse albums. This album, ‘Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)’ is a great example, with tracks like club hit ‘Superstylin’ right through to the chilled ‘Suntoucher’.

Zero 7 – Somersault

Funnily enough, I bought a bootleg copy of this in Thailand (don’t worry, we pay for all our music now haha) and it was just as we were starting to make music for the first time around ten years ago. It also features a much younger (pre mega-fame) Australian singer, Sia.

Air – All I Need

This is another stunning album that we’ve both had on repeat for years and years. There is amazing production and song writing on this album and it’s one we just keep continually coming back to.

Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At

This belter is a childhood favourite of ours. It’s a big tune with a lot of energy and the music video is burnt into our brains from watching too much on MTV as teenagers.

Massive Attack – Teardrop

Bought this album purely based on the cool cover art, which is a black beetle. Turned out the music is amazing too. Another great example of a well-rounded, diverse album which has lots of different emotions throughout it.

M.A.N.D.Y. vs Booka Shade – Body Language

Booka Shade is a slightly newer influence for us in comparison to the rest of this list but damn are we fans. One of the main things we love so much about this German duo is how they evoke such strong emotion through their music and don’t rely on vocals. This is something we’ve tried to do on our album on certain instrumental tracks like ‘Bergamot’ and ‘Woodburn’.


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