Music production by Miguel Campbell. Beatport Award Winner (Best Track 2011) DJ Mag Award Winner (Best Track 2012)
With a career spanning over two decades, Miguel Campbell has been making his mark on the house music scene since the early 90’s with his signature French-touch sound.
A champion in his field, Miguel founded Outcross Records in 2006. He also went on to remix the likes of Imany, Deadmau5 and Flight Facilities, as well as putting out releases via Hot Creations, Wolf + Lamb, Future Classic and Outcross.
Miguel has an accolade of releases under his belt on major labels such as Sony, Virgin & Universal as well as prolific independent labels, including No.19 Music, Wolf + Lamb and Hot Creations.
Miguel went on to pick up various British & International music awards, whilst capturing the imaginations of party people all over the world.
Playing alongside Maceo Plex, Disclosure, Break Bot, La Mala Rodriguez, KiNK and many others, Miguel has played at some of the world’s biggest parties.
His forward march continues as he refuses to relent, working on music, including recent remixes for Janet Jackson, Basement Jaxx, Étienne de Crécy & RÜFÜS, whilst continuing to travel to foreign shores, spreading his unique and recognisable sound around the world.
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Interview with Outcross Productions
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Working on the Janet Jackson 'Damn Baby' release was a proud moment for me. Having recently had permission from Tito Jackson to use a Jackson Five sample for the Sigala release on Ministry of Sound, I was really excited to be approached by a major label and invited to work on this project. The producer, Jimmy Jam, is a real gentleman and it was an honour to be able to work with these guys on their release package.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Right now, I have just launched a new label (Outcross Black) which is focusing on the more club style aspect of what we do. This has meant big energy in the studio and the ability to use a totally different sound palette which has been lots of fun, for sure.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog AND digital! I like to use my ears and decide on which one sounds the best for each application in each different scenario.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise to clients is simple in that if you like my body of work and choose to employ my help with your project, you will be fully happy with the results as I will work to the best of my ability in providing the best sonic experience that I can create.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The best thing about being a music producer is the ability to do something that you love and have passion for. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that people are enjoying your music and indeed that your music affects peoples lives.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: How do you get your basslines to sound so good? A: Using production skills and consistently doing it my way.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: When looking to hire a provider like myself, ensure that you are fully ready with your ideas and have a vision of what you would like the finished production to sound like.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out as a very young hip-hop DJ in the 90's. Having switched into house music shortly afterwards, I was fully inspired by the electronic music scene and became interested in music production by the turn of the millennium. I began music production and went on to create tracks for some of the biggest labels and artists in the industry.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style of music is largely based on funk and hip-hop with the snare drum playing a vital roll in all of my tracks. With elements of electro, techno & french house my style is regarded as deep house.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Roisin Murphy in the future as I have always loved her voice and feel that we could create magical music together.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: My tip is always to trust your ears over your eyes. Sometimes things don't look right, but go with what sounds right.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I am known for creating a type of deep / funky house which quickly became a signature sound for me. Within this style I have been able to utilise lots of sub-genre elements from disco, electro, techno and EDM.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill comes in my programming ability and my use of compression and other dynamics.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I utilise a combination of hardware and software instruments and effects to create my signature sound.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Gear Highlights: Sequential Prophet-6, Nord Stage 2 EX, Minimoog Voyager XL, Roland Jupiter 80, Avalon VT747sp, RME Fireface 802, Mac Pro, Steinberg Cubase
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I have always been inspired by Daft Punk and the whole French touch scene. Maceo Plex is a big influence along with artists like Tale Of Us and Soul Clap.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music production is something I do on a daily basis. The most common type of work I do for my clients is executive production and remixing.