Miami Horror: “The triple j sound does exist”

It’s the triple j debate that won’t go away – and now Melbourne electro outfit Miami Horror has weighed in.

In an interview with The Music, Miami Horror member Benjamin Plant confirmed that not only does the triple sound exist, but some acts were creating music that appealed to the station’s playlist. ”[The triple j sound] does exist,” said Plant, “and I know a lot of bands that do wonder if they need to fit in.”

Miami Horror shifted to Los Angeles after the release of their 2010 album Illumination. The album featured the single ‘Holidays’, which came in at #54 in the Hottest 100. But Plant says moving to LA has given Miami Horror more freedom to follow their own muse. “A lot of us guys who try and do our own thing could just go and make what we know would suit [triple j], but the whole idea is to not fall in that trap. That’s another good thing about being in LA, you disassociate with that and you end up discovering what you really want to make.”

Plant’s comments follow a Fairfax report that looked into the influence triple j had on locally produced music. It featured a quote from an anonymous Melbourne musician who said they catered their sound to suit triple j. But station manager Chris Scaddan hit back, saying triple j wasn’t looking for one particular sound. “We’re looking for songs that stand out and resonate with our audience,” he said.

The debate heated up when Melbourne musician Whitley lambasted the station for its “”excruciatingly narrow-minded playlist””:, while End Of Fashion’s Justin Burford went a step further, claiming the station “ruined his band’s “career path””: Bleeding Knees Club, Bob Evans and Gooch Palms also weighed in.