Growing up in northern California on his parent’s diverse collection of classic rock, blues, funk and soul records help set the tone for Miguel’s musical inspirations to follow. Infusing these influences with a deep-seated love of reggae/dub and electronic elements, his sound combines a wide range of styles, blending them together into his own unique artistry.
Migs emerged from the 90’s deep house underground scene to become the kind of artist who transcends the stylistic limitations of a genre so very few have done. He is perfectly comfortable working in his studio writing and recording original compositions with some legendary figures from across the musical spectrum, as well as performing and connecting with dimly lit dance floors across the globe on a regular basis. In his own words, “I have always loved and listened to all styles of music, captivated by striving to achieve a certain depth, quality and character to ‘dance’ music rather than focusing on just the dance floor appeal or trying to please the masses. You gotta do our own thing and stay true to that while exploring it.”
After picking up a guitar in his early teenage years, Miguel’s first musical outlet was writing songs and playing in local Dub/Reggae bands. During the mid’90s he began experimenting with producing electronic dance music and by the time the new millennium dawned, a string of releases and remixes under his own name on numerous leading indie dance labels which earned him a solid reputation among discerning dance music buyers worldwide. As Petalpusher, he’d also become a stalwart of the hugely influential Naked Music stable with his original singles, remixes and compilations.
His well-received 2002 debut album ‘Colorful You’ came out on the legendary Astralwerks label, and Miguel began to attract attention from the broader music community, remixing artists as diverse as Macy Gray, Lionel Richie and Britney Spears (yes, really). The 2007 follow-up album ‘Those Things’ won Best Dance Album in the Independent Music Awards, and was also included in Virgin's yearly Virgin Recommends 24 ECD promotion not to mention the single “So Far” went into the Top 5 in the Billboard Dance chart and #5 on the ITunes dance chart.
Never one to sit still, in 2004 Migs launched indie dance label, Salted Music. He explains, “Salted is simply a creative outlet to release dance floor oriented music. I never set out for it to be some big record label, it’s something I do as a side project just for fun. But it is important to me, to be able to keep pushing new sounds and new artists.”
Migs’ reputation is such that, when it came to recording his most recent album ‘Outside The Skyline’, he was able to pull together an impressive line-up of collaborators including original disco diva Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, reggae legends Half-Pint and Freddie McGregor, Meshell Ndegeocello, Georg Levin and bossa nova phenomenon Bebel Gilberto all make an appearance on the album, alongside two vocalists who’ve been regular co-conspirators, Aya and Lisa Shaw.
The result is a sophisticated melting pot of sound that’s trademark Migs. Informed by electronic but no slave to metronomic dance floor rhythms and tempos, it takes influences from rock, funk, jazz, reggae, soul and more, with a heavy emphasis on high-quality song writing and equally high production values.
Despite achieving various levels of success - both critical and some commercial - he remains a genuinely humble, self-effacing individual. A globetrotting A-list DJ, nominated on a Beatport poll as ‘Best Deep House Producer’ who, rather than constantly follows the trends or hype, prefers to let his music do the talking. Thankfully, Migs’ music more than does the talking - it speaks to people. Just listen.