A year ago, we had the chance to have our friend Miami Andy on the blog for our the first post. On this anniversary, he kindly accepted to answer to a few of our questions.
Headphones For Robots: Who is Miami Andy?
Miami Andy: My real name is Andy Voigt and my brother had the idea of the artist name Miami Andy. Well i make 80s syntheziser stuff and my brother said this is the perfect name for you hehe.
HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences?
MA: My First attempt to making music was the Music Creation for the Playstation in my younger years but this was not really music, but fun. 2015 was the year i began to making music seriously. My influences is all Synthwave artits. That the reason why i began to make Synthwave, 80s Retro stuff. My idea was take the best elements of your favorite Synthwave artists with my own ideas and make the best Songs i can. I´m very proud of my tracks.
HFR: What is your approach on writing music? Which are the steps you make when songwriting?
MA: My approaching to writing songs is spontaneous and sometimes comes ideas in my head when i looking movies. But generally all my songs are spontaneous when i experiments with melodies. All my songs have a certain kind of melancholy and that very important to me.
HFR: Could you tell us a bit about your “go to” equipment? What do you use when writing a song and which are your favorite instruments?
MA: I use the DAW Magix Music Maker. The best way to making my music and i can using almost all VST instruments. I playing my melodies with the Keyboard midi controller from Alesis Q49 and with my Laptop Keyboard. My favorites VST instruments are the products from Tone2, the Sylenth1 Synthesizer and the HIVE Synth from uh-e.
HFR: Tell us about your new album?
MA: I wanted to make an album that is slightly darker. I began to compose my first track ´´House Of Horror´´ and that was so cool to listen this track the first time. This track have a John Carpenter vibe. This was the key point to make an album about horror stories. The music is inspired by nostalgic Horror Movies with melancholic and typical Miami Andy melodies with dark elements.
HFR: How do you think you have evolved since last year?
MA: The year is still young. But I can say that I have improved as a musician. My new fourth album is ready and it has become musically great. Melodies and sound are much better than before. I´m very excited to the release.
HFR: What are the best and worst things that happened to you?
MA: The best thing that happened to me is that I’m allowed to make music. Making music was always a dream of mine.
The worst thing that happened to me. I once lost my consciousness and fell with my face on the asphalt and lost my teeth. Waking up and losing some teeth was very strange.
HFR: Where do you think you´re heading next year?
MA: Stay healthy and continue to compose cool songs. That my family stays healthy and happy. Fewer terrorist attacks and more respect for nature and humanity.