What is your name and role within Set Mo?
We’re Nick and Stu and we’re the two band members that make up Set Mo.
How did you first start playing electronic music?
When we both turned 18 and starting going to nightclubs and music festivals we both very quickly feel in love with DJing and then that’s how we met a few years later down the track.
Your debut album is out now! Where and when did you record?
This album was actually written all over the place. Over two years we went on several writing trips to places like country NSW and the Adeliade Hills and then also went to Europe for five weeks were we wrote in Berlin, London and Amsterdam.
What influenced the sound and songwriting for the album?
Many things! One of the main influences though was actually a lot of the first electronic music we got into as kids. We went back and revisited a lot of the first albums we ever owned and they ended up playing quite a large roll in the direction we took.
How do you usually go about writing music?
We always right together and if we’re working with a vocalist we like them to be in the room when we start song, that way everyone is on the same page. We often just start with a simple idea/mood, build some chords and then go from there.
Is the the end result of the album as you expected it to be when you started recording?
To be honest I don’t think we had a super clear idea of what we wanted it to be like in the end. The album is called Surrender and I part of the meaning behind that was us surrendering to whatever happened. We experimented more than ever before and loved the process and then in turn the end result.
Who did you work with during the recording process?
The album was a very collaborative process, we wrote with a bunch of musicians and vocalists. We were lucky enough to record with a bunch of artists we call good friends and admire such as Asta, Thandi Phoenix, AJ Wright, Happiness Is Wealth and Woodes.
Your single ‘Surrender’ has received a lot of praise, what do you think it is about Surrender that has made it such a hit?
When we wrote Surredner we instantly we’re like ‘this is the album opener’. There’s something about it and the spoken word sample from Brian Eno that really draws you in and makes you want to see where you’re about to go.
You’re heading to Newcastle to play Up Down Festival on March 17, how do you prepare for each live show?
We go over the set, iron our all black and all white outfits and then just before going on stage have a shot of tequila. 😉
How would you describe your live show?
So the live show is currently being built as we speak. Up until now it’s always been DJ sets. The live show is going to involve us playing a bunch of synths and mid-controllers on stage and then we’re also bringing vocalists with us. We don’t want to give away any more than that, you’ll just have to come and see it.
Which artists are you looking forward to seeing during Up Down Festival?
Motez always throws down so that’ll be sick. It’s also been a while since we saw Kilter play live so looking forward to that.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
We listen to so much music we actually have Spotify playlist where chuck in a lot of our favs (https://open.spotify.com/
user/setmomusic/playlist/ 1iOqKVL1ATm02hHdGW9Cbk?si= sVhapmylQj2l6wYlmdYw7A)
What do you like to do away from music?
We love travelling which is handy considering we spend a lot of time touring, we’re right into food so whenever go to a new city we hunting for best coffee, burgers, beers, bbq you name it.
What do you have planned for 2019?
We’re working hard on making this live show extra special for you and then we’re going to spend a lot of the year on the road touring it.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
The Dolphin – great food, wine and beer. 🙂