MN: When did you get into music?
Miguel: What it was is that my dad had all these instruments around the house. He wasn’t a musician [professionally], but he had all these instruments. He could play the guitar and sing. He had a drum set at the house—I remember playing around with them. My father was a little more varied what his listened to. Classic rock, hip hop and funk. My mom was a little more classic in what she listened to, like old R&B. So I grew up in a fairly broad spectrum of music. My mom would always have us listening to the sounds and instruments in music. I never understood why she would do that—have us separate the sounds. ‘What is this sound?’ and ‘What is this instrument?’ We’d just be in the car listening to music and she’d ask these questions.
MN: When did you start pursuing a music career?
I started around the age of 13 and I’ve been chasing and working and building since then.
MN: We know you’re not about generalizations, but if you had to put your album in one box, what genre is it?
This is more of an urban pop album. I would say urban because stylistically… where I’m coming from as far as delivery it’s going to be more catered to an urban audience. But the subject matter and the delivery is very unique to me and specific to me. It doesn’t fall in line to what’s current at this point. It’ll be a good introduction to broadening people to new sounds and styles.