Interview: Smooth, Addictive, Harmonious and 100% Contagious—Miguel Campbell Readies New Album For Hot Creations

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Hot Creations has yet another stellar release on the horizon to mark your calendar to. Jamie Jones and Lee Foss are marking a first for their imprint with the upcoming release of Miguel Campbell’s album, Back In Flight School.

Smooth, addictive, harmonious and 100% contagious, Back In Flight School is deep house at it’s finest with a little disco and funk and just the right amount of pop appeal. No doubt this album will bear some EDM culture fruit for the rising star and the do-no-wrong label.

The first time Campbell popped up on our radar was last year with his debut release on Hot Creations, the aptly titled tune “Something Special.” That tune shot up Beatport’s chart and this new album will surely make plenty of end of year charts.

I feel that I can cope with the massive changes that I have seen in my life much better now, as a result of my accumulative experiences.

So you seem to have a lot of skills, were you born with them? Did you learn from others, teach yourself?

I grew up listening to lots of different types of music and whilst in middle school, I began DJing at the school youth club. When I started to hit the clubs in my teen years, I began to listen to and DJ dance music. I was always into playing around with pianos and keyboards too, however, this was not something that I took seriously until later on. When I began producing music, I realized that an understanding of music theory was important and so I took a short series of piano lessons to help understand the theory a bit better. In the early days, whilst learning the technical aspects of music production, I would always ask questions and seek answers from the people around me who were producing. Most of these guys would keep the answers to themselves but my friend Paul Woolford would always take the time to discuss various aspects of production with me and help with anything that I was ready to know the answer to although the majority of what I now know was gained by reading lots and constantly practicing the techniques that I was reading about.

Is there a particular musician or an era that has influenced what you’re doing today?

The Italian piano house era of the early ‘90s has really influenced the emotional content of my music. It was a time when records were full of great love, happiness and sorrow. I continue to believe that emotions are an important component of the music experience and that music, along with other experiences, has a capacity to heighten emotional life. Music makes us cry, sing, dance, shiver and evokes happy and sometimes even painful memories. I try to convey my emotions through my music and I believe an emotional interpretation of a track is personal and connected to individual experiences.

If you were starting out now, would you do anything differently?

I don’t think I would have done anything differently as I have learnt so much by the way I have progressed my career. I can now see that there were ways that I could have made my music more popular at an early stage but the truth is that I am happy with the way things have progressed and I feel that I can cope with the massive changes that I have seen in my life much better now, as a result of my accumulative experiences.

What’s the secret to your success?

The answer is no real secret. Try your best, believe in yourself and keep the faith.

The movement from CD to MP3 is seen as the most recent paradigm shift in the music business. What will be/cause the next big shake up?

Music technology is designed to help us and not to hinder what we do. This doesn’t mean that you have to go with all of the latest gear and utilize the changes that technology throws at us. It is important to go with what personally suits you best.

What is the most colorful/memorable incident you have involving a fan?

It is impossible for me to mention just one incident as I meet so many amazing people whilst touring and these people often provide amazing feedback as to how much they enjoy my music and how my music has changed their lives. To know that people listen to my music to help them feel better through their dark times is extremely touching and I feel happy to know that I have been able to provide some sort of light for them during these times.

How and why did you get your start? Any interesting anecdotes there?

It was my friend Richy Ahmed and my homies Eli and Charlie from Soul Clap who really showed the first signs of great belief in my music and consequently helped have my music signed to Hot Creations and Wolf + Lamb respectively.

I typically visualize turtles when listening to music, what about you?

Nowadays, as boring as it may seem, I usually visualize the software and equipment that is used during the process of song writing when listening to music. Of course, I often think of many different scenarios where tracks could be applied but music making as a passion means that I always try to envisage how the music was made and the gear that may have been used.

If you could slip a personal fortune into a cookie at the factory what would it read?

Hold on to the spirit of discovery.

Which do you prefer, a smoky, low-lit club or a big stage with bright lights and colored gels?

I really do enjoy both of those. As a clubber, I definitely prefer the darker more intimate vibes and I also enjoy DJing at the more intimate venues but there is a real sense of achievement to be gained from playing on a large festival type stage with good lighting and a vast number of fans enjoying the music I play.

Back In Flight School drops November 16th via Hot Creations. Miguel Campbell also runs his own imprint, Outcross Records, and has a bunch of new coming up by other artists.