It took Australian electronica band Miami Horror more than five years to release a follow-up to their buzzy debut album "Illumination," but the five members were by no means taking it easy. The album was so successful that they've been touring non-stop as well as working on various side-projects such as bands Wunder Wunder and All The Colors.
“When we got back in the studio we tried so hard to make something that didn’t sound plain, says frontman Benjamin Plant, 28 about their sophomore release “All Possible Futures” full of synthy pop hooks and noveau-disco. Here the singer talks LA vs. Melbourne and how to keep the band together.
Is the music scene in Australia really different from here in the States?
[Music fans] are a bit more loyal in America. In Australia, there’s always a new sound, which can be a good thing, but there’s a high turnover of young artists who just come and go, so that can kind of be a bad thing. Sometimes you see music that’s really good and the band gets a lot of hype, but then it drops.
You recorded the album in Melbourne as well as Los Angeles. Did that influence the sound at all?
Yeah. Melbourne kept us pretty cool since, like I mentioned, the music scene there makes you want to stay relevant a little more, where as LA was more of a dreamy fantasyland that we let impact the music and try to make classic songs.
You went to film school before starting Miami Horror. Does that come in handy now as a musician?
It helps with the story element of music, thinking about the bigger picture and the concept of an album as opposed to just a song.
How have your friendships with the other guys in the band changed over time?
Being in a band is a really weird thing. Back when we started, there were tensions and attitudes with some people. Now, it’s the complete opposite. We spend a lot of time listening to each other and compromising. Normally, you wouldn’t be friends with people you have a lot of differences with, but in a band, you have to stay together so it’s important to get through periods of conflict. If you can get through that and realize how important the band and the project is, it makes you a better person and you’re also able to deliver music to fans.
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