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
and 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,
and MTV's Road Rules and 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 and 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 and remixes
on seminal independent labels such as Salted Music, Naked Music, Astrelwerks,
Yoshitoshi, NRK, Black Vinyl, Large, Chez, Transport recordings, Om Records,
Defected Records and many others. His recordings have consistently made waves
in the underground circuit and 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 and Britney Spears. Miguel additionally
has released numerous mix CD compilations on labels including Defected, Naked
Music, Southport Weekender and 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
and release music that inspires him, as well as release his own productions and
A musician at heart, Miguel's professional career started at age 18 as songwriter
and lead guitarist for Santa Cruz local dub band Zion Sounds, whose Jamaican
and African rhythms earned them gigs with globally known reggae outfits Culture
and 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 and creative energy
into experimenting with the production of electronic music.
As a producer, Miguel realizes a strong connection between his electronic music
productions and live musical background. He writes his own lyrics and 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 and 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 and funky.
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 and creating music, which is his
main love and passion. "It's all about the balance between the touring and
traveling, studio work and everything else in life", says Migs, "music
has no boundaries and I get inspired by everything around me! I'm definitely
looking forward to putting another live act together in the near future." Migs
certainly draws no limits to his artistry.