From an episode of The Golden Age Of PiracyPresented by Tristen Harris

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The Golden Age of Piracy: DJ Simona, Child of the ’80s, Shares Five Songs that Sunk Deep into Her Bloodstream

After years of begging Australian electropop artist Simona Castricum, Formative Five host Tristen Harris finally got his way.

Simona shares the five most formative and influential songs to her career. It’s revealed that Simona had quite a few months to choose in order to find these; she had to ‘strip it back and think of the music [she makes] and what influenced that’.

These next five songs are a must-add to your Thursday playlist.

1. ‘Coast is Clear’ by CURVE

A nostalgic moment for Simona as she transcends back to a time where accessing music was hard; you’d have to hum a song you didn’t know the name of to the record store people.

2. ‘Senses’ by New Order

New Order: the band that influenced those deep bass keys and drums in her music. Helpful Tip from Simona: better if you listen to this song with the lights off.

3. ‘Sensoria’ by Cabaret Voltaire

Simple, minimal synth sounds collide together with the drums, a beautiful avant-garde fusion. So avant-garde that Ferris Buller wouldn’t listen to it (despite the poster in his room).

4. ‘Breakin’ In’ by Carlos Peron

A dark ’80s bassline slowed way down to a 33, instead of a 45 – apparently an old cheeky Belgium DJ trick.

5. ‘Dot in the Sky’ by Drab Majesty

The beginning of Simona and Tristen’s friendship: the night they bonded over Drab Majesty. This band is also a major influence in how her music sounds; she pays a proud homage to Drab Majesty, as well as many other artists. She says, ‘I wear my influencers on my sleeve’.

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