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.
Colorful You Astralwerks 2002
Colorful You Naked Music 2002
Those Things Salted Music 2007
Those Things (Remixed) Salted Music 2008
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
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