BY DEV GILLESPIE
Music and the industry have been through a lot of changes in the past few years. Some changes for the better and some for the worst, but through it all we are still seeing amazing artists show us that there is still hope for meaningful music. The Los Angeles native Miguel has brought another breathe of fresh air to music with his soulful lyrics and mesmerizing voice. Being able to create vivid images in our head of past and present loves with the portrait he paints with his pen, Miguel is definitely a “sure thing”!
With the two hit singles “All I Want Is You” featuring J. Cole and “Sure Thing” floating around at the top of the charts Miguel is not a stranger to creating music that we can’t get enough of. Co-writing on Usher’s Raymond vs Raymond album, Mary J. Blige and Musiq’s “If You Leave”, and Asher Roth’s “His Dream” to name a few; Miguel has proved that some ‘twenty-something year olds’ can get it in right along with veterans in the game. Being compared to music icons like Prince and Baby Face at such an early stage in your music career is a huge sign you may be in this for the long run.
Miguel dropped his debut album titled All I Want Is You late last year and since then, the ball has not stopped rolling! His follow up single “Sure Thing” has received over eight million views on MySpace and his fans are embracing him more than ever. Following a successful tour with Jazmine Sullivan, Trey Songz, Mary J. Blige, and Usher; Miguel is already preparing to release his second album State of the Art sometime in 2011. Being consistent is probably one of the most important qualities to have as an artist. Mix that with edgy, soulful, creativity pouring from the heart of a Scorpio and you have Miguel at his finest. As he progresses into one of this years hottest artist Miguel tells us what he has to come and how he has gotten to where he is.
FBM: In an interview with Regis and Kelly you were compared to Prince. How do you feel about that comparison?
Miguel: To be honest I didn’t really think about it. I don’t take things like that personal. I take it as people have there perception of things. In general Prince is a huge influence of mine so I took it as a huge compliment and just kind of let it be there. I didn’t want to read too far into it.
FBM: We also read in one of your interviews you said that when you write songs it’s like making a steak and potatoes into a Happy Meal. Explain what you mean by that.
Miguel: Absolutely. I think at this point it is so easy for us to get accustom for us to get use to attention deficient disorder. We have so much information being sent at us and we’re bombarded by distractions. I try to put as much meaningful content into a smaller package. It’s kind of like putting as much content into a message and simplifying it.
FBM: Do you think growing up in the City of LA played a major role in who you are as an artist?
Miguel: There is a saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” and I think it proves itself day by day and person by person. When you’re growing up the things that you see have so much to do with your character and your outlook. Growing up in LA has a lot to do with who I am as a person and who I am as an artist.
FBM: Are all of the songs that you write a reflection of something that you’ve been through or something that you’re going through?
Miguel: Music should be a reflection of life. All my songs come from a very special part of me or some special memory. Be it positive or negative.
FBM: What are some plans that you have for the spring/summer?
Miguel: Just touring to be honest with you. Play. Play. Play. Play!
FBM: You once described “Sure Thing” as a highly personal song that no one was suppose to hear. How did it come about that you actually ended up releasing the single?
Miguel: Ironically that song is the song that got me signed. Not only did it get me signed,but for a lot of people it’s a song that they discovered me online through via social networking. It was only right for people who have no clue who Miguel is. It being such a huge part of my personal growth and professional growth. People who are just discovering me now get to hear it.
FBM: Your first single “All I Want Is You” featured rapper J. Cole. Are you looking forward to working with any other MC’s?
Miguel: I would definitely like to work with a few MC’s that I am a fan of. Andre 3000, Lupe Fiasco or one of my favorite MC’s who is my best friend which makes it cool. His name is Blu. There are a lot of MC’s I’d like to work with.
FBM: Where do you see your career going in the next 5 years?
Miguel: I hope it becomes solidified in the music industry and I have a solid fan base that is accustom to me evolving and being different every time I release a piece of music. I think the in between and the details of that are going to depend on my desire to broaden and diversify. What I mean by that is I want to show my artist range through other mediums including fashion or photography or what have you.
FBM: You mentioned photography. Have you ever thought about getting into film or acting?
Miguel: I hope so. As a writer it is my job to know how to put myself in the shoes of others and I’ve had my chance to do that for Usher, Musiq, Jaheem and what not. So I think taking that and doing it in front of an audience would be a natural progression.
For more on Miguel, check out his website and be sure to get his album All I Want Is You available now online and in stores.