Track of the Week

Mass House – Temptations

15th March 2021

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Hello Monday. We’re welcoming in the new week with a brand new Track of the Week.

Mass House are Bristol-based Brummies giving us all the reasons to dance this morning with their latest release ‘Temptations’. We caught up with Tom about the track, life at BIMM and what inspires their sound.

What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?

The inspiration first came from the horns sample, which I’d found in an old French Jazz song. I’m not sure why it stuck out to me, but I sped it up and gave it more of a groove and the rest of the music developed from there.

Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?

There seems to be a lot of bands at the moment looking more towards electronic music for inspiration. I’m really into acts like Confidence Man at the moment, but I often listen to artists like Parliament. I basically listen to anything that can get your body moving.

Lyrically, I like how Mark E Smith of The Fall wrote. The combination of the mundane and the surreal is something I always try to include whilst writing.

What is key to your sound and how do you make your music stand out?

I think it’s unique because our background was never in electronic music until the last few years. We took what we knew from indie genres growing up and transferred to different instruments, which sort of made us what we are.

How does your songwriting process work?

Often, it comes from daydreaming about music until I actually put pen to paper and translate my ideas. I’ll then do a rough draft and Dylan will do some vocals before I really home in on the sound.

Describe your sound in 3 words…

Intergalactic Synth Punk.

How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?

By doing Music Production at BIMM, I learnt loads of the technical process of making a track, which meant it’s a lot easier to work independently. I also learnt about a lot of experimental artists and techniques they’d use in sonic art pieces, which have been fun incorporating into my own music.

What’s next for you?

Supplying more reasons to be dancing.

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Sarah-Louise Burns

Having been part of the BIMM Marketing Team since 2016, Sarah has been working in Social Media Marketing since 2013. She Graduated the University of Hertfordshire in BA(Hons) Photography and Media Business and has a keen interest in the power of social media.