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Miami Horror

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Biography

An electropop act with a disco-house throwback style, Miami Horror is led by producer Benjamin Plant (aka Benjamin Vanguarde) from Melbourne, Australia. Influenced by pop artists of the 1970s and '80s such as Prince, Supertramp, and ABBA, the DJ/producer first made a name for himself as Miami Horror with a series of remixes that included Stardust's "Music Sounds Better with You" and Tegan and Sara's "Walking with a Ghost," along with contemporary acts such as the Midnight Juggernauts and Grafton Primary. Meanwhile, he hooked up with the Melbourne electropop group Gameboy/Gamegirl and produced "Sweaty Wet/Dirty Damp," a one-off single that became a left-field hit in the music blogosphere in 2007. A seven-track EP by Gameboy/Gamegirl, Golden Ghetto Sex (2008), was released in the wake of "Sweaty Wet/Dirty Damp." As Miami Horror, Plant made his commercial debut in 2008 with a five-track EP, Bravado, on Virgin Records. He developed a performing act with Josh Moriarty (guitar, vocals), Aaron Shanahan (guitar, vocals), and Daniel Whitechurch (bass, keyboards, guitar), played festival dates, and opened for Lily Allen, Phoenix, and Friendly Fires across 2009-2010. An album, Illumination, was released on EMI in 2010 with Kimbra a guest vocalist on the track "I Look to You." As a quartet, Miami Horror recorded a second album, All Possible Futures, and released it through Haven Sounds and Dine Alone in 2015. ~ Jason Birchmeier

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Birth Name:

Benjamin Vanguarde

Formed:

Melbourne, Australia

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Years Active:

'00s, '10s

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