What are your names?
Adam McCants and Stacy Hogan
Tell us the story behind the name ‘ Midnight Mantics’.
We were throwing around a bunch of different names and Mantics came out and we thought it sounded cool, like Romantics without the “Ro” or Antics with an “M” and then midnight sounded good in front of it, so we thought Midnight Romantics……then Midnight Mantics.
What is your genre of music?
80’s influenced synth-pop/alternative pop
Give us a little bio about you as a band and individuals.
We were old friends who met through both working in the music industry and would occasionally jam and play music together, etc. We also both shared a strong liking of the 80’s in general and on one of these jams, this sound came out and some of the most effortless writing and fun times followed, and before we knew it we had an album, then an EP and so on :).
Describe eachother in two words.
Are you a signed?
Your back with a brand new EP ‘Vibe City’tell us more about it.
We enjoyed making the previous album so much and enough people seemed to dig it, that we thought we should make another one so we did :). We plan to make music for years to come!
Describe it in two words.
What was the writing process like?
Fun and as effortless a process as either of us have ever had when writing. It just feels write, writing together.
What was the recording process like?
Stacy is a juggernaut producer, mixer, instrumentalist, so we hashed/structured everything out together in writing and pre-pro and Stacy did his magic.
What was the inspiration behind the EP?
We love the 80’s and love telling stories of love and loss and how there is hope in it all, this is a continuation of what we started with the last album.
Will you be touring this year?
no plans too for the rest of this year.
What made you go in to music?
Not being able to picture a world without it and wanting to contribute to it somehow. The joy it brings, etc.
Do you play any instruments?
Yes, between the two of us we play a variety of different things.
Who are your influences?
Jerry Lee Lewis to Genesis and everything in-between.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Good memories and moments.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Continuing to release music and hopefully opening for some of our heroes on tour somewhere.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Music is a major part of our lives, so with the time outside of that, it’s family, or other passions like food, technology, entertainment media, etc.
Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
The Saenger Theatre
If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?
Genesis or New Order
If you could collaborate with one US Artists or Band who would it be?
The Killers of Nine Inch Nails
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Too many to list.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Stay in faith and hope no matter what life brings, as there is always a reason to hope.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Make music from within as honestly and excellently as you can.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Be excellent to each other.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
The people, the venue, the sound, the songs, and the weather.