Miami Device is a 9 piece afrobeat ensemble based out of Vancouver, British
Columbia. Building on the musical traditions created by Fela Kuti and Tony Allen, the nine
piece ensemble from Vancouver BC has been putting forth hip shaking performances
Since 2007, Miami Device has built a strong following in their home town which has
seen them play sold out shows at The Biltmore Cabaret, The Rickshaw Theatre,
Richards on Richards, and The Rio Theatre. Additionally, the group has performed
as a support act for the likes of Chali 2NA (Jurassic 5), K-OS, and Passion Pit.
In support of Miami Deviceʼs newest release Monopoly (produced by guitarist Brandon
Hoffman), the band was busy this past summer hitting the festival circuit which saw
them headline stages at the Tiny Lights Music Festival, the Campbell Bay Music
Festival, the Osoyoos Canada Day Celebrations, and the Garden City Grooves Festival.
The groupʼs drummer Adrian St. Louis believes, “Afrobeat is meant to be heard and felt
live. Our priority has always been to put together an unforgettable show.” The bandʼs
guitarist Leathan Milne expands by stating, “The [live] experience changes every time.
We aim to get the people dancing, and in turn we feed off of the audienceʼs energy.”
Although the members of Miami Device all share a deep love for the traditional afrobeat
sound, what makes the band unique is how they are able to pull from their individual
influences and backgrounds. “Each of us come at this with our own musical influences,
whether itʼs jazz, rock, folk, country, or metal, and together we draw on those influences
to help create our own afrobeat sound” says keyboardist Georges Couling. Each
member in the group is actively involved in the Vancouver music scene, and collectively
they have lent their talents to artists such as Five Alarm Funk, Portage and Main, Lydia
Hol, and The Carnival Band.
‘Monopoly’ is available now.