Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: Miguel Migs

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Over Halloween weekend there's no shortage of options for the costumed club-goer. But if you're into supporting a local celeb behind the decks, it's hard to beat a gig where Miguel Migs is the main attraction.

The founder of Salted Music has spent most of this decade making a name for house music both here and abroad. The in-demand DJ has gigs around the world, but also makes time to give his Salted club series a local home.

He's one of the headliners (along with Mark Farina) at the Regency's big Halloween party, "A Nightmare on Van Ness" on Saturday night.
We decided to check in with Migs to  hear more about his new Salted comp, his favorite peak-of-the-set song, and his fears for 2012.

Name: Miguel Migs

Club night(s): All over the globe

Style(s) of music you spin: Mostly deep, soulful, funky electronic dance music... sometimes downtempo grooves, dub, rock, classics.

So what's your story, in 100 words or less? I've been involved with music my whole life... started out playing guitar in bands when I was a kid and then got inspired by writing and creating electronic music in the early 90's.... been touring the globe for the past 10 years non-stop and continuing to experiment in the studio creating electronic dance music... and I love fish tacos.

What was the main idea behind your new record, Get Salted Volume 2? It's just a DJ mix compilation... not a big deal. It's simply a selection of various underground deep, soulful and tech house tracks mixed together in a smooth continuous flow. I try and stay away from choosing any commercial club music on my mix comps and choose more interesting and unknown tracks that I enjoy at the moment.


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What's your process in putting together compilation CDs? Rather than trying to re-create a night out in the club, I approach a DJ mix comp with the idea of it being enjoyable to listen to at home, in the car, before you go out at night, or anytime.... for the most part I like to select
an underground, soulful, non-commercial tracklist, including quite a few unreleased songs and unknown tracks that build into an extremely seamless mix, taking the listener into the realms of futuristic soulful dance music with a classic house feeling.

How do you choose artists/pare down your selections?
I do it very spontaneously without too much planning. Of course I select tracks that I enjoy as well as try and feature a lot of newer artists and material from my Salted label.

What's been the most rewarding aspect of running your own label? Releasing my own music and maintaining ownership of my own material, as well as picking up and releasing music from new and established artists from all over the world.

Name of a track you can't get out of your head: It's actually a new song I just wrote and recorded that will be on my new album coming out next year... was just recording, so it's stuck in my head.

Name of an artist you're currently championing in your DJ sets: I'm always picking up and testing out new music for my label, and some of the newer recent artists we are releasing music from include Sonny Fedora from Australia, Andrew Chibale from Miami, Fabio Tosti from Italy, and many many more.

Name of a current favorite track for the peak of your set:
I really like this new track we just released on Salted Music called "Get on Down" by Dutchican Soul from Amsterdam... I've been playing that a lot for a while now and it always rocks the spot.

Musical mantra: Play it you feel it an stay open minded!

Favorite DJ experience: That's a tough one as I've had some amazing times playing at various events all over the world, but one that comes to mind is watching the sunrise while playing at an outdoor, open air venue on the beach in Greece during the summer time back in 2001. There was a great crowd of smiling faces all gettin' down, and an amazing vibe as the sun came up over the Mediterranean Sea. Although I've played some great private events and festivals all over the world with other amazing artists, that one is hard to beat...

Worst request: Luckily I rarely get requests, but it would have to be the girl that says, "Can you play that song that goes laaa laaa daaa daaa blaa blaa?..."

Worst club faux pas you've committed: I forgot!

Most treasured vinyl score: I love my reggae/dub vinyl collection.

What other music-related projects are you currently working on? Working on a full length new album now. Writing and recording songs with various vocalists... really excited about that, but it takes a while.

What's something happening in the local music scene that should be getting more attention? Open mindedness! People can be way too close-minded in general and only support and listen to one style of music. I dont understand that, as I listen to and love all different types of music.

What elements would your fantasy club night entail? Amazing sound and good vibes!

Question we didn't ask you but  you often ask yourself: 
What will really
happen in 2012?

Next time we can see you spin: In S.F. I will be playing on Halloween night at the Regency. Then at club Mighty for my monthly Salted event on Nov.14th.



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