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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Miami Horror Thinks American Culture Is Strange, Is Not That Into the '80s

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Miami Horror sheds some light
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Everyone's talking about Miami these days, whether it be the electronic show to end all --  Ultra Music Festival -- or how horrible the Miami Heat is playing. Break out of those mundane conversations and introduce your ears to Australian band Miami Horror, known for its indie electronic sounds. While brainchild and producer Ben Plant started off as a notable solo remix artist, he yearned to create something original on his own. Releasing his debut EP, Bravado, in 2008, he has since formed a band for live shows, gone on to support acts such as La Roux and Friendly Fires, and released a debut album entitled Illumination. Venturing up to this side of the equator this Thursday and landing at Mezzanine, this band will be sure to bring the heat, as long as you bring your willingness to dance.

Since you started producing at such a young age, what was the one moment where you knew, "okay, here we go?"
I still don't know for sure if I'll do this for the rest of my life, but I guess it was somewhere after everything started taking off on blogs around 2007 that I thought I'd give it a good go.

If you weren't producing, what do you think you would be your profession?
I have no idea really. I was focused on doing film before music took over my life, however the film industry in Australia is really struggling, and it's really hard to get a job, let alone paid, so I may have found myself doing something else soon after my course finished anyway.

How did you come up with the name Miami Horror? Seems like neither of those are very common in Australia.
It was just a visual thing. I thought both words were pretty bold in themselves, but also have quite a strong visual side. Miami represents the colorful and flamboyant side, while horror represents the darker.

How did you link up with the boys in the band?
I needed a vocalist to sing on "Don't Be On with Her," a track from the EP, and my manager suggested Josh. Dan was always by my side helping out with music, so I asked him to write some vocals. We then met Aaron through Josh.

What was the best part of releasing Illumination in 2010, your first full studio album after years of remixes and EPs?
It was just good to have it finished and also still be proud of it. Also having time to relax and think about new music.

Your previous remixes and EPs are heavily disco oriented, and in this album I'm not quite hearing as much disco. Is there a particular reason for that?
Well, I still think you can hear a strong disco influence on the music, it's just combined with many other ideas. We wanted to make something more original and organic -- something that sounded a bit more like a combination of our influences rather than just producer-driven electronica.

Your music videos are quite brilliant. It seems like a lot of Australian music videos are like small movies, instead of just the artist gyrating in front of the camera. Do you take part in the direction of your music videos?
Thanks, yeah. I personally try to have some say in the direction, and usually I have some form of concept which is taken over by the production company, so you never know how it is going to come out. It's really hard to have complete control of your film clips unless you make them yourself, which then of course has its own downsides.

Since you boys have toured with everyone from Phoenix to Simian Mobile Disco, which was the most memorable and why?
Phoenix was the best by far, really nice guys and super friendly.

What's one thing you're looking forward to doing/accomplishing on this tour?
We are just excited for the overall experience; we are going to visit many places, but more so just marvel at the strangeness of American culture.

Is there anything different when you're touring in the U.S. than back home?
Yes, it's completely different, it is a lot more dynamic, you never know what to expect or to see. We've done Australia so many times, it's fairly predictable these days.

Since Miami Horror's live shows are quite a visual and very danceable, shall people wear spandex and prepared to dance big moves?
No, no, please don't -- we're not that into the '80s ... okay, maybe a few people can.

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