‘there’s a tribal nature that takes over us all and brings us together’ | Interview with Die, Miami, Die!

Cool + Retro + Vibey = Silent Sirens = Die, Miami, Die! You need to check this out to see what we mean 😉

Describe your sound in three words please!

Groovy, Synthy, Wavey

What is the story behind your name?

While the name may seem like I hate Miami, I actually fell in love with it when relocating here. The name is slightly contradictory, because the music I produce is very melodic and vibey, BUT, there are tracks that have a slight “horror” or “dark” element to them as well. Essentially, I just thought the name sounded kind of bad ass.

Silent Sirens has a great groove but also contains really interesting melodic elements. Tell us a few things about your new song and your creative process in general.

My creative process varies from track to track. I do a lot of sound design on analog emulations, like Arturia’s Mini Moog or CS-80, as well as newer digital synths like Serum or Harmor. Many times, I’ll create a sound and that’s the starting point for the track. Other times, tracks come about from a chord progression while doing sound design. Other times, I create music by meshing a groove with an interesting synth I’ve designed. Silent Sirens is a great example of this. I was creating a funky, dancier track, but I was messing around with that gorgeous 80’s synth in the chorus, and that’s when the track popped. I’ll find inspiration and start composing and putting together a track, but I ALWAYS allow the track to naturally becomes what it wants to become, and that’s how Silent Sirens was born. It went from Nu Funk to Synthwave, and the two just blended together well.

Is “Nu-disco” in your opinion “Disco” produced with newer technology? Or is it something more?

As far as Nu Disco goes, I would say there are a lot of new elements, but it’s not just Disco with new technology. It’s a genre on its own with Disco being the inspiration, but at no point time would I say something like Discotron and Disco Junkie’ I Need Your Lovin’ is KC and the Sunshine Band with newer technology. It’s become its own, amazing genre with inspiration from a great period in time for music.

Synthwave is everywhere nowadays. Popular video games like Cyberpunk 2077 with darksynth/cyberpunk soundtracks, netflix series like Stranger Things or even commercial artists like Dua Lipa and The Weeknd. But what does the future hold for the genre?

I think the future of synthwave is going in a direction where it would fuse more with dance music. That’s why I believe Silent Sirens is such a special track. It has all the elements of synthwave, but it’s something you could play at a club and really dance to (slightly sped up, of course). I think its future could be much more friendly to dance.

How do you relate to the music scene of Miami? And what do you love/hate in Miami in general?

I’m relatively new to Miami and the music scene here. I’m a big fan of house music in general, so it’s an electronic friendly scene. I’m networking with a lot of great producers and DJ’s down here. I love the music scene and the appreciation for electronic music. Being from New Jersey, the bars and clubs out there played Top 40 nonsense, but go to any club here, and you’re listening to some amazing Deep House and House music. I love that the city has embraced electronic in such a nice way, and it’s almost defined for that. I think the city is perfect for Synthwave, Synth Pop, Nu Disco, and Indie Dance in general, and I think they’ll make a serious impact on what’s listened to here, and I hope to be a part of that.

What is your favourite album of the past year?

If I had to say “album,” the best work I’ve heard as far as a full album goes is Markus Schulz’ Escape. I thought he brought a lot of elements of other genres into it, and it sounds fantastic, of course. As far as new music for 2020/2021, I’ve been a huge fan of what Ekkah is putting out there.

One last thing we should know about you?

I love music, and all kinds. From modern Nu Disco to 70’s prog rock, like Genesis. I think there’s something divine about draw to music as a human species. It doesn’t matter who you are, there’s a tribal nature that takes over us all and brings us together when we’re on the dance floor. One thing I love to tell people is “It’s amazing how a little bass can make people go crazy and feel the need to move.” People say God is silent, but you can speak with Them anytime you shut up and turn up those speakers.

Thank you!

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