Leeds favourite, Miguel Campbell is at the top of his game at the moment and 2012 has turned out another incredible year for him. After his 2011 successes, including the release of the undoubted track of the summer, Something Special (Baby I got It EP – Hot Creations), Miguel has come back with a string of quality productions and remixes in 2012 that have seen him tour extensively all over the Globe.
With his first full length album, ‘Back In Flight School’, set for release later this month and the opening leg of the album tour scheduled as a homecoming gig for Teknicolor at Mint Club, Leeds (Thursday 25th October) we thought it only right to catch up with the man himself to see what’s what.
We know you’ve been really busy touring recently, which cities have you enjoyed playing in the most?
I would have to say Leeds, Manchester & Paris are amongst my favourite cities to play in. It is always nice to return home and play in Leeds or Manchester as I have so many friends and fans here who come to support. Paris is also an amazing city to DJ in. I have lots of support in France also, so to play in the capital city is really cool.
What do you like doing when you come home to Leeds?
At the moment my time back in Leeds is spent mainly in the studio with Matt Hughes. Things have been very busy for me so it is important to use the time back home to prepare for everything and work on all of the various projects that I am involved in. I do like shopping here back home too and we have some great places to go out and eat also.
Thursday 25th October sees you back in Leeds for Teknicolor at Mint Club. In a recent interview with DMC World Magazine you talked about how much you love to come back and play Leeds but more specifically, Mint Club. What is it that gets you so excited for these gigs?
It is a combination of the great sound & light in Mint Club along with such a great crowd. The energy in the club is second to none and Mint Club definitely deserves the accolade of being one of the best small clubs in Europe.
The gig at Teknicolor will be the first night of your ‘Back In Flight School’ album tour. Can you tell us a bit about what to expect from the album and when and where we’ll be able to get our hands on a copy?
Back in Flight School will be released globally on all formats on 29th October 2012. The album has a mixture of different styles of house & funk that I have had experience in producing over the years. I have tried to create an album that tells a tale over the course of the 15 tracks and I’m really excited for people to experience it in its entirety.
This season you played DC10 for Jamie Jones’ Paradise party. The decks of DC10 are hallowed turf for any house DJ, how did it feel to get such an opportunity?
It was amazing to be given a residency at DC10 this summer. It was great to play to a crowd which was made up of people from lots of different countries around the world. The gigs I played at dc10 were amongst my favourite gigs of the summer, especially the Paradise Closing party when I played on the terrace. The room was very busy and full of love so there was a definite feeling of achievement when playing that gig.
A lot of DJs would say that getting their first gig at DC10 was a major career goal. Do you have goals you’ve set yourself that you’re still striving towards?
One of the main goals for my career was to do an Essential Mix for Pete Tong which is something I managed to do a couple of months ago. I feel really proud of doing an essential mix as this is something that is reserved for the best DJ’s in the world and so it was a great moment in my DJ career. I have lots of other goals too but I don’t think any of them mean to me what the essential mix did.
How was the rest of the Ibiza season for you? Any other highlights that stick out in your memory?
Ibiza quite quickly becomes a friends and family affair and I played some great parties out there with my loved ones being present. I really enjoy it when I experience great parties with friends as I spend a lot of time on my own whilst travelling and playing abroad so it is great to have people around to share the experience with.
Have you got anything in the pipelines for your own label, Outcross Records, over the coming months?
These are exciting time for the Outcross Records movement. Our next EP is by Inland Knights who have always been my favourite UK duo. We also have music by TBoy, Miguel Puente & MAM coming before the end of the year. There are several Outcross Records showcases that have been planned throughout Europe also, one of them being next month at Teknicolor @ Mint Club.
Daft Punk have been a huge influence for you. You must have heard about the work they’ve been doing with Nile Rodgers of Chic recently, you must be pretty excited about that...
I am always excited by any new music that the Parisian Duo come up with as they rarely present new materiel and to think that they are working with Nile Rogers is awesome as it will mean even more of the French funk that I love.
Finally, what are you big tips for the coming year? Whose tracks are you feeling at the moment that we should be looking out for in 2013?
I can tell you that Matt Hughes is working on his debut artist album which will be released on Outcross Records next year and you won’t be disappointed by it at all.
Teknicolor pres. Miguel Campbell ‘Back In Flight School’ Album Tour
Thursday 25th October
Mint Club, Leeds
Miguel Campbell (Outcross Record, Hot Creations)
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Interview by Alex Ogilvie