Psychedelic dance adventurers, Miami Horror, are coming back to Australia, with their new single ‘Real Slow‘ in December! Miami Horror is anchored by producer Benjamin Plant, who began to release remixes under the name Miami Horror, whilst in film school in Melbourne. Their instantaneous popularity led him to drop out and recruit the remaining three members of the band. After playing festivals and sold out shows around the world, the four piece band relocated from Melbourne to Los Angeles in 2011, where the California sun allowed them to scratch their creative itch unlike before. We got the chance to interview Benjamin Plant about the music he couldn’t live without and what he’s listening to now. See our interview below.
What music was playing in the house when you were growing up?
My younger brother and I used to pull out our parents records and cds when we kids. We started with Mamma Mia by Abba when we were super young and slowly progressed to Prince. Found a tape with David Bowie. My parents used to play Chris Isaak and a lot of ‘sunday’ music though..
What was the first record you fell in love with?
I really cant pinpoint it. I would say the closest was the “Prince” best of..
Who made you want to make music?
The time when i got really motivated was when I started getting into a lot more electronic music around 2003, my friends showed me Daft Punk when I was about 17 and it blew my mind.
What were you listening to whilst recording?
For most part of the first album it was Daft Punk/ Alan Braxe, Fred Falke and a lot of disco in 2006-2009. After we finished the album in 2010 it was a combo of a lot more 70s dreamier stuff, a bit of psych rock, Todd Rundgren, soft rock amongst a modern contingent of Tame Impala, Ariel Pink, Toro Y Moi… things in that vain.. For a while we were only listening to old stuff. Now we’re getting back into the more modern world but nothing has blown my mind for a while.
What five records couldn’t you live without?
I’d love to say some really obscure krautrock record, but there are only a few classics that have really made a consistent impact and stood the test of time for me.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Today it was a bit of John Talabot.
Does the perfect song exist?
There are many almost perfect songs, but nothing is perfect.
Finally, what’s your favourite noise?
For so long it was the sweet sound of a moog bassline, I’m still awaiting the next one.