We found Set Mo on a soundcloud-hole. The first track that we came into contact with was immediately our favourite track. This Australian house-duo displays a great mix of 90s and future house. There's a great deal of love for 80s disco synths, which, let's be honest is an awesome sound to vibe to. So we decided to reach out and see if they were interested to answer a few questions. They not only answered them but also allowed us to ask some questions about their new release, dropped today!
We’re obviously speaking to you regarding your new release! It’s been two months since you dropped ‘Chasing Forever’. Tell us a little about this new track?
This new track is called Comfort You and features a vocalist by the name of Fractures. This track is a bit less club orientated than the last couple of things we’ve put out. It has some dark moody moments in the verse and we’ve then tried to contrast that with bright uplifting sections in the chorus.
Sometimes while making a new track, there’s an emotion tied to it. We’re big fans of story-telling here, giving people a little more information than they wouldn’t otherwise get from the internet. What’s the story behind the ‘Comfort You’?
Comfort You definitely has a strong emotional message both musically and lyrically. When we started writing the track with Fractures the chords and sounds we choose at the beginning were quite sombre. Fractures then came up with the chorus lyrical idea of comforting someone, which really seemed to match the feeling of the music. We then wrote the verses together which try and describe the journey of feeling down or disheartened and then the power people have to comfort one another and essentially lift someone else out of that sadness or lonely place.
You’ve collaborated with Fractures on this track. What made you guys choose to work together? We’re imagining something of a SBTRKT x Sampha sound? Are we close? How would you describe what you’ve released?
We had been fans of Fractures for a while and really liked his music and songwriting although it’s quite different from ours. He has these amazing songs that build and build and are quite epic but never over the top. He also has an angelic voice! Writing this song together with him has definitely meant we’ve produced a song that’s different to anything else we’ve ever written.
If someone asked to listen to just one track of yours, in order to understand your music better, which tracks would it be and why?
This is hard! We have favourites that change. A track we put out last year called White Dress was a bit of a turning point for us as I think it’s when we realised we could write dance music that didn’t have to be strictly for the club.
If you could collaborate with anyone world-wide (and resources weren’t an issue), who would it be and why?
We get asked this question a bit and we literally have a list of people we’d love to work with! Pharrell is someone high up on that list as he’s been an inspiration for years and is an amazing all round artist. We also look up to some of the dance greats like Groove Armada and Chemical Brothers – it would be surreal to be in the studio with them and see how they work/pick their brain.
What’s the one thing that you absolutely love about the music scene at the moment? That reminds you every time why you chose this profession?
Right now is a super exciting time to be electronic producers. Electronic music has undeniably crossed over into pop culture in a big way the past 5-10 years. That’s exciting for us as it means people are more open to new sounds and styles which is what music is all about.
What’s the one thing you’re cringing about at the moment, when it comes to the music scene? Something that (almost) makes you want to stop?
This isn’t a huge issue but there still seems to be a lot of competitiveness within the music industry. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as a bit of friendly competition can force people to strive harder and push the boundaries however we also feel that people should help one another and support their peers. Music isn’t like sport; there are no rules and scoring system. It’s art and it’s subjective.
What can we expect from you in 2016? Is there an EP / Album coming up? When can we expect it?
We’ve spent the first half of this year kind of locked away in the studio experimenting and working on new stuff. We’re going to be touring around Australia for the next couple of months and then hope to be in Europe before the end of the year. There’s plenty on music on the horizon but you’ll just have to wait and see.
Is there someone (producer) out there that you think everyone should learn about and discover (that they might not already know of)? Who’s that hidden gem at the moment, according to you?
There has been so much good music coming out in the past couple of months we have been honestly overwhelmed. It’s so exciting when all these artists both big and small have been dropping fantastic albums. I don’t know how much of hidden gem this is but we’ve been loving the new Tourist album ‘U’. There’s also an Australia singer/producer called Surahn who just put out a free EP and we’ve had that on repeat!
What’s the biggest misconception people have of the music industry?
One thing we’ve noticed is people often talk about ‘overnight success’ with certain artists – there’s no such thing! We can guarantee that any artist you feel has popped out of nowhere didn’t start making beats a few months ago. Music takes time and practice, you just may not see or know about the journey before that particular artist got to where they are.