MIGUEL MIGS

 

Miguel Migs stands at the forefront of electronic music's soulful realm. Whether tackling his original productions or remixes, he achieves an organic-soulful sound by combining the best of both the electronic music world and live instrumentation.

 

For many years, Miguel's productions have been included on countless compilations & his records have slid into the crates of top DJs across the globe. His music has also landed on numerous TV Shows, including Six Feet Under, Sex in the City, & MTV's Road Rules & Real World.

 

Contrary to many of his club-centric DJ/producer peers, Miguel is not always concerned with the potential dance floor appeal of his soulful tracks. "It's music you can enjoy & listen to at home, in the club, or anywhere. Not necessarily just to rock the dance floor."

 

explains the Northern California native, who grew up with a true love of reggae, soul, classic rock, jazz, hip-hop and just about everything else.

 

His impressive discography includes more than 100 original productions & remixes on seminal independent labels such as Salted Music, Naked Music, Astrelwerks, Yoshitoshi, NRK, Black Vinyl, Large, Chez, Transport Recordings, Om Records, Defected Records & many others. His recordings have consistently made waves in the underground circuit & have landed on DJ hype charts internationally.

 

He goes highly regarded when it comes to remixes, having worked with major label artists such as Macy Gray, Lionel Ritchie & Britney Spears. Miguel additionally has released numerous mix CD compilations on labels including Defected, Naked Music, Southport Weekender & NRK.

 

Never one to sit still, Migs started his own label Salted Music in 2004. Having been associated with an extensive number of labels throughout his career, he came to realize a desire to have his own base, a vehicle for building his own catalogue of quality material. Salted Music is a foundation for Migs to choose & release music that inspires him, as well as release his own productions & compilations.

 

A musician at heart, Miguel's professional career started at age 18 as songwriter & lead guitarist for Santa Cruz local dub band Zion Sounds, whose Jamaican & African rhythms earned them gigs with globally known reggae outfits Culture & Burning Spear among others. After the disbanding of Zion Sounds in the mid 1990's, rather than form a new band, Miguel put his focus & creative energy into experimenting with the production of electronic music.

 

As a producer, Miguel realizes a strong connection between his electronic music productions & live musical background. He writes his own lyrics & plays his own instruments, be it guitar, bass, percussion or keyboard.

 

As a DJ, Miguel maintains the same approach to his sets as to his productions, combining a variety of influences & styles fused together. The result is funky, deep, soulful, bumping house music. "I like to mix it up and keep it moving smoothly, taking the dance floor through a very spontaneous mix into the realms of quality, deep house music depending on the mood in the room", says Migs. "But, whether it's vocal, tracky, dubby, moody, percussive or broken beat, the sound always remains soulful & funky.

 

March 2007 saw the release of “Those Things”, Miguel's sophomore album released on his very own Salted Music imprint. "Those Things represents an open-minded musical spectrum that can have

multi-meaning & definition combining forward thinking electronic music elements with live instrumentation inspired by old soul, funk, reggae, jazz, rock & hip-hop,” states San Francisco-based Migs about his follow-up to his 2002 debut album “Colorful You” (Astralwerks / Naked Music).

 

The album received massive acclaim & support worldwide & features Sadat X from Brand Nubian, Lisa Shaw, LT, Fred Ross from the legendary Family Stone, reggae heavy weight Junior Reid, & Tim Fuller.

 

2007 also saw Miguel launch his eight piece live band Petalpusher which fuses electronic inspirations with organic musical elements. The band consists of eight top notch musicians, who have worked with the likes of Prince, Spearhead, & Tower Of Power. Lisa Shaw & Tim Fuller are on lead vocals. It is a unique & diverse blend of old school funk, soul & current dance rhythms that result into a unique & intoxicating live experience. With an arsenal of material to choose from, the band has been focusing on performing new & old songs from Miguel & Lisa’s extensive catalogue. The band played the Virgin Festival in Baltimore in 2007, the San Jose Jazz Festival as well as all the major cities in North America with resounding success. A work still in progress, with much more in store … so look out.

 

Miguel can be found regularly traveling the globe as one of the industries top-leading DJs, as well as at home in the studio writing & creating music, which is his main love & passion. "It's all about the balance between the touring & traveling, studio work & everything else in life." Miguel says, " Music has no boundaries & I get inspired by everything around me." Migs certainly draws no limits to his artistry.

 

DISCOGRAPHY

 ALBUMS

Colorful You                      Astralwerks                  2002

Colorful You                      Naked Music                2002

Those Things                    Salted Music                 2007

Those Things (Remixed)    Salted Music                 2008

 

SINGLES/EPs

The Mercury Lounge EP La Casa Records                      1998

Future Flight                              Large Records              1999

Hardnights EP                           Tilted Records              1999

The Fog City EP                        Zebra Recordings         1999    

 

The Night Affair EP                    Transport Recordings    1999

 

The Roundtrip EP                      Transport Recordings    1999

 

True Formula                             Large Records              1999 

 

Very Chic E.P.                           Aquarius Recordings     1999

 

Find What’s Mine                      Yoshitoshi Recordings   2000

 

Nocturnal Elements EP              Large Records              2000 

 

Inner Excursions EP                  NRK Sound Division      2000

 

Take Me To Paradise                Naked Music                2000

 

Friend Of The Blues                  Black Vinyl Records      2001

 

Mi Destino                                Black Vinyl Records      2001

 

The Soul Selecta EP                  NRK Sound Division      2001

 

Dreaming                                 Transport Recordings    2002

 

Dubplate Sessions                   NRK Sound Division      2002

 

Feel It EP                                 NRK Sound Division      2002

 

Rock The Spot                         Multi Tracked                2002

 

Satisfied                                  NRK Sound Division      2002

 

Steppin’ Up                             Yoshitoshi Recordings   2002

 

The Night                                 Naked Music                2002 

 

City People                              Transport Recordings    2003

 

Diversify EP                             NRK Sound Division      2003

 

Moving On                               Chez Music                   2003

 

Music 4 Your Mind                    Large Records              2003 

 

The Night (Remixes)                  Naked Music                2003 

 

City Sounds 1 Sydney              NRK Sound Division      2004

 

City Sounds 2 Vancouver          NRK Sound Division      2004

 

City Sounds 3 Barcelona           NRK Sound Division      2004

 

Come On                                 OM Records                 2004

 

Do It For You                            Salted Music                 2004    

 

Friend Of The Blues Remixed    Black Vinyl Records      2004

 

Check This Out                         Salted Music                2005    

 

Get Salted Vol.1                       Salted Music                 2006

 

Those Things EP                      Salted Music                 2007

 

Let Me Be                               Salted Music                 2007

 

Mesmerized (Part 1)                 NRK Sound Division       2007

 

Mesmerized (Part 2)                 NRK Sound Division       2007

 

So Far                                    Salted Music                  2007

 

COMPILATIONS

The Petalpusher Session             Naked Music                         1999

       

Nude Dimensions                          Naked music                        1999

 

Nude Tempo One                           Naked Music                         2002

 

In The House                                   ITH Records                          2003

 

Southport Weekender Vol. 1        SuSu                                        2004

 

24th St. Sounds                              NRK Sound Division            2004

 

City Sounds Trilogy                        NRK Sound Division            2004

 

Get Salted Vol. 1                             Om Records/Salted Music 2005