We spoke to MTV Brand New contestants Set Mo. The duo who feature in this competition for emerging Australian and New Zealand talent took the time to answer questions in relation to what inspires them, where they hope to be in 10 years time and who they’d love to collaborate with.
Tell us a bit about your music. From style, sound and process.
We live and breath house music. Growing up we were certainly into different things, however we both played music at school and were in bands. Our taste now is pretty similar in style, but we also listen to different things that help bring a variety of sounds to our music. We feel it’s these complimenting tastes that don’t entirely overlap that means we’re always experimenting and stepping outside of our comfort zone.
Describe your album or EP (whether it be recently released or upcoming release). How the culmination of your said album/EP helped set you up as an artist? (How your most recent creation brought you to this stage?)
Our latest single White Dress was started in London after a week in Ibiza. We were feeling very inspired after a week of awesome music and sunshine and started a few ideas. We brought the tune back to our studio in Sydney, where Deutsch Duke heard it and immediately asked if he could be involved. He came up with the concept of a summer holiday romance and the girl in the white dress which made perfect sense. We then holed up in his studio late one night and nutted out all the lyrics together, which was a lot of fun and came quite naturally. Deutsch recorded the first vocal take which we actually ended up using on the track. Was definitely one of the most magical studio sessions we’ve had to date.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What’s the ultimate dream?
In ten years we hope to still be making music and playing gigs. We love travelling, so the ultimate dream would probably be to chase summer all year long and play mad parties all over the world.
What advice do you have for emerging artists? Artists who would want to follow in your footsteps?
Something we once read said, ‘It takes ten years to become an overnight success’. Although this is a little corny it’s very true. Anyone who you look up to that is doing well, has worked very hard to get there. Even the people who seem to have burst on to the scene I guarantee that there was years of chipping away to get to that point. The biggest thing is to continue to master your craft and keep moving forward. There is no ‘end goal’ it’s purely a constant ride.
What do you hope to achieve through your music? Particularly when addressing your fans.
For us, we hope to make music that evokes emotion. Good music has this unique ability to connect with the listener and transport them to a different place in space, time or emotionally.
If you could go on tour with any artist in the world who would it be and why? In what ways would an experience like that challenge or inspire you?
We’d love to be able to tour with Kool & The Gang! For starters we’re huge fans of their music, but also their performances are polar opposite to what we do on stage. It would be great to have their big band vibes over an electronic backbone.
Regarding the opportunities you’ve been given so far how does a competition like this help you as an artist?
A competition like this is great to reach new audiences. People who have maybe never heard of us or our music are now getting to hear it, so it’s awesome to have that exposure. It’s just great to be selected as a finalist in a competition that is very diverse musically. Nearly all the other artists are a lot bigger than us so it’s a huge compliment to be held in the same light as them.
How has your experience in the music industry helped shape who you are, not only as an artist, but as a contributor to the industry?
We’ve both experienced the industry from many different angles. We both worked in bars, we clubbed pretty seriously through our late teens/ early 20s, we’ve been involved in throwing parties and we’ve both DJ’d individually for over 6 years. Having now been producers for a number of years and playing our own shows, we’ve called upon these perspectives to give the best performance that is true to our musical identity but is also flexible enough to adapt to any situation.
What’s the next step for you? What will you do next to expand/grow as an artist?
Our main focus at the moment is on writing new music. We really enjoy the creative process and find that what works for us is when we put aside a chunk of time to work purely on new stuff. We’re excited by the possibility of travelling and playing more gigs over the next year in new places but the biggest focus is on new music.
Who would you like to work with on new content? Whether it be producer, writer, artist?
We love the collaborative process and it’s a very large part of what we do. Working with different people always brings a fresh approach to whatever we’re working on. We love working with vocalists in particular, as neither of us are the best singers. We actually have a list of vocalists we’d like to work with. Haha. People such as Ali Love, Sarah Blasko, Aloe Blacc, Daniel Merriweather just to name a few. Working with people from different musical backgrounds is great, as you often bring very different ideas to the table and when it works it can create something truly special and unique.
Is there anything people would be surprised to hear about regarding your music, or new directions you wish to take?
Something we plan on developing over the next year is a live show. We absolutely love DJing and plan on always continuing to DJ, but also are very excited by the prospect of expanding and turning our music into something more live. We have started playing with ideas, but I guess you’ll just have to stay tuned to see what happens.
MTV Brand New have selected a great crop of talented artists and we wish every competitor the best of luck. Make sure you head to mtv.com.au to vote for your favourite artist before the close date and tune in to hear the winner announcement on the 22nd of September.