Wednesday, May 18, 2011

DJ's That Could Save Your Life: Miguel Migs

It's been a long time since I last posted a 'DJ's that could save your life' feature but it's about time I tip my hat to this fella, who since the late 1990's has featured heavily in my records purchases and gone about his business with style and class and seems to be one of DJ's you know and love but never hear too much about - a quietly spoken guy who lets his music do the talking.

Which was exactly the case for this post coming about. As frequent readers will know one of my heroes, Mark Farina, was guest DJ at the recent Google conference, as was Migs, and while Mark's YouTube video's quickly spread around the social networks Miguel Migs' seems to have gone unnoticed (half as many views online as of today and all those geeks not really paying attention to the DJ! Shame on you all). So here it is...

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm really jealous of these Google folks, Mark Farina and Miguel Migs on the same night with no doubt a killer sound system too! Damn you all - it's enough to make me want a WMC ticket! And the more I started reading up for this post the more I like the guy, of his choice in music he's quoted as saying

“It’s music you can enjoy and listen to at home, in the club, or anywhere. Not necessarily just to rock the dance floor.”

Gaelle - Rain (Naked Music)

I'm pretty sure almost all of you will know all about Miguel Migs, aka Petalpusher, Deluxe Pusher and Miguel Steward. Co-founder of the legendary Naked Music along with Bruno Yabarra as well as Transport Recordings along with DJ MFR. But, for those that maybe missed out on a golden era of soulful house the two labels featured the finest music from Julius Papp, Mettle Music, Vincent Kwok, Blue Six, Aquanote, Andy Caldwell, Gaelle, Trentemøller and so many more!

Both are labels that I spent a whole lot of money on over the years and was lucky enough to get on their promo list back in the day thanks to Bruno - I'll never forget them sending over a pile of Nude Dimensions 1 CD's  to give away to readers, which I think Tres from LowerCaseSounds was one of the lucky winners of? (Long time ago now).

In 2004 Miguel established Salted Music, a more personal venture that's had releases from Yogi & Husky, Joshua Heath and sticking with his soulful house passion plenty of Lisa Shaw vocals.

His own releases on Large, Yoshitoshi, NRK, Black Vinyl, Aquarius, Chez, OM, Drop Music and more are testament to how busy this globe trotting DJ/Producer was and still is, just check out for the full story - man he's been busy!

I love this bit from his bio, sums it up for me: 

"If artist-producer types were culinary concoctions, such might be the recipe that produced Miguel Migs, who emerged from the 90’s deep house underground scene to become the kind of artist who transcends the stylistic limitations of genre as so very few can. Who’s perfectly comfortable working in the studio all day with some legendary figures from across the musical spectrum, as well bumping and throbbing dimly-lit dance floors across the globe on a weekly basis."