Vancouver Weekly chatted with Benjamin Plant of Miami Horror about the band’s sophomore album, All Possible Futures, their L.A. inspiration, as well as what future plans they have lined up. Plant originally began releasing remixes under the moniker Miami Horror in 2007. Plant was a soft-spoken Australian, and although his lips were sealed on the nature of an upcoming EP with mystery collaborators, it gives us something to look forward to in the coming months while we put All Possible Futures on for beach time blast times.
Vancouver Weekly: Describe your sound to people who have not heard of Miami Horror.
Benjamin Plant: It’s a varied sound. We have everything from fun disco influences to downtempo, dreamy west coast/L.A. 70s stuff.
VW: Tell us about how Miami Horror grew from a one person set-up to a band effort.
BJ: Initially, it was me DJ-ing, producing, and doing remixes like that. Collaborating with a friend and another friend. I wanted to make a live band, so we thought, why not do it together? Aaron [Shanahan] joined, a friend of lead singer Josh [Moriarty]’s, so although it’s still heavily produced, album-wise, we work together more and play live as five.
VW: What did it feel like to release a full-length album five years after your debut?
BJ: It probably feels the same like releasing it at any point [laughs]. It’s a nice relief to have something out. We did feel pressure, but we kept working so happy. It doesn’t feel so long for us. Realistically, it was Wunder Wunder that took two years of time out of making the album. For us, we were working the whole time, anyway.
VW: Do you have any albums that conjure up nostalgic memories that you could listen to for 24 hours without getting sick?
BJ: I’ve always loved Moon Safari by Air. You can put that on anytime, and it suits the mood. It was nostalgic for me because I spent a lot of time with my friends, age 17-18, listening to that.
VW: You went to L.A. for musical inspiration. You said before that L.A. is strange. Could you elaborate about what you meant when you said that?
BJ: There’s no city like it in the world. It’s full of people hoping to find their dreams. There’s not a lot of cities like that. L.A.’s a lot of freaks around America and the world that hope to make it in some creative field. They come here not knowing what they’re doing. There is a lot of people who do know, but you get that mixture of people that don’t know what to do with their life. They move to L.A., and that quirkiness creates an interesting feeling. Everything looks different here. It’s sunny all the time.
VW: Do you think you’re going to stay there long?
BJ: We’ve stayed here longer than we planned already. I don’t really have a place to stay in Australia, so every time I go back, it’s hard to start up again. Here, we have a house, so it’s more tempting to stay where it’s easy.
VW: What were some of your favourite places to tour?
BJ: Probably all over South America. I’ve been to Columbia many times – Chile. They’re always very excited, and it’s amazing. Some places, some people just stand there, but in South America, they’re always going to go crazy.
VW: What are the future plans for Miami Horror, and do you think there’s going to be a third record?
BJ: Of course there’ll probably be a third record. We’re going to do it a lot quicker. We’re trying to work on more electronic stuff so we can put out this EP. There’s a lot of collaborations on it. Hopefully it won’t take too long. A few remixes. We want to get out more stuff.