by / January 12th, 2012 /

2012: Top Story: Faces of 2012: SertOne

Another of Ireland’s bright new stars in electronic music. Drawing inspiration from the intricate bumpin’ hip-hop instrumental style of J Dilla, SertOne is a Portadown native who, at the age of 21, has already been DJing for ten years and making his own music for five.

Who or what inspires you?

I just spend a lot of my time listening to a vast amount of music so when I get down to making some music I always have a thousand ideas in my head from what I’ve been listening to. This past year, two big acts that inspired me, and continue to, have been Solar Bears just due to the power within their music and having played a few shows with them now, seeing the reaction it evokes from people is amazing. One of my favourite albums last year was Shlohmo’s Bad Vibes, after listening to a lot of folk and lo-fi, hearing how he incorporated those into beat music is fantastic.

What was the strangest thing that happened to you in 2011?

It’s been a extremely busy and fast moving year but the most surreal moment was sitting on a train to Liverpool from Milton Keynes and receiving a message from Boy George via Twitter that he was enjoying my EP and then we went on to recommend it to his 50,000 something followers.