Jetset With: San Francisco Legend DJ Miguel Migs

There’s a reason why Miguel Migs is an icon in San Francisco’s music scene.

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PHOTO MIGUEL MIGS

Artists are some of the world’s most interpretive jetsetters, which is why it’s our duty to pick their brains. This autumn, we’re launching Jetset With – an ongoing series of exclusive interviews with DJs, bands, and crooners all over the world. How else are we going to know how they cruise from city to city and never miss a beat? You can’t find a better start than San Francisco legend and world renowned DJ Miguel Migs, who we’ve been grooving to since overalls were originally in style.

Migs has maintained a tangible presence in the house scene as it has developed and transformed over the years, always leaving a signature west coast vibe on even his most club-ready dance tracks. He’s remixed everything from Britney Spears to Ella Fitzgerald, and on October 26th, Migs’ much-anticipated album Dim Division dropped, stocked with fifteen soul-searching tracks to vibe to.

Miguel Migs album Dim DivisionReleased by London label Soul Heaven Records, Dim Division features Migs’ ethereal house beats produced with a back pocket of sexy vocals from Martin Luther, Meshell Ndegeocello, and UK soul singer Omar. The vibe is far more soulful and reflective than your typical house album, which reflects Migs shift toward thoughtful song-writing and creative collaborations. In a nutshell, Migs explains the album is a “pretty laid back, deep, soulful style dance album.”

On his latest tour, we stole a few minutes with Migs to get some insight into the soulful jetsetter whose music sweeps us off our feet.

If your soul embodied a city, which would it be and why?

That’s tough to choose just one, it depends on my mood. I enjoy some variety – I love the peace of mind that comes along with a quiet and beautiful remote destination, but I also need the balance and shuffle of a big city paced life for that urban creative edge… If I narrow it all down, I would probably say somewhere on the coast of Thailand, Hawaii or maybe Bali. Part of the reason why I choose some of these places is because I respect and love the Buddhist and Hindu cultures; the people are so warm and friendly, its inspiring and intoxicating. Plus, of course the beautiful scenery and overall vibe of those places resonates in me.

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PHOTO MIGUEL MIGS

What is your favorite restaurant in the world and what do you always order?

That’s not a fair question! It’s almost impossible to choose just one, since it depends on what your in the mood for. Since I’m in San Francisco right now and just had lunch there a couple days ago, I will say a Vietnamese restaurant called the Slanted Door is one of my favs through the years. We had the uni spoons, shaking beef, caramelized prawns, crispy veggie spring rolls, crab noodles, and a side of chard. Everything there is always on point and delicious.

What artists are on your go-to playlist right now?

I love and listen to all kinds of music, but I always listen to a lot of classic rock, so my playlist always has Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Zeppelin, Hendrix, The Stones, Steely Dan, Prince, Hall & Oats, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, Sade, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Muddy Watersand… the list goes on and on and on….

Which do you think is the most beautiful language in the world?

I love how Italian sounds, and of course the food is amazing there.

If you had to use five words to describe travel…

Inspiring, adventure, culture, eye opening, and food…

If you’re hungry for some fresh new music, purchase Miguel Migs Dim Division album here.

START SLIDESHOW: Migs shared with Jetset Times some of his personal travel moments.

Lena Kazer

Lena is a Chicago native, her travel style consists of red cowboy boots that make her feel like she can take over the world. She adores Peru and can't travel without her journal to draw or write in.

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