SKYN: Tell us about yourself. What do you do? Who are you? (answer this however you interpret it)
MM: I’m Mister Miguel; Toronto based singer, songwriter, dancer. I was born in Québec (not too far from Montréal), I moved to Toronto 5 years ago. I am a pop artist. I write, compose and choreograph on my own tracks. My dance style is a blend of Diva Style, Urban and Contemporary Dance. I trained in Contemporary Dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, which opened my mind and my creativity to different avenues I never thought of before. I also make song covers of my favourite tunes; which I post on my Youtube channel and on Instagram.
SKYN: Oh wow - that's honestly unreal. You're doing it all! Music seems to have had an incredibly big impact in your life. Where do you think that came from? What made you so drawn to it?
MM: I grew up listening to a lot of pop music (Spice Girls, Britney Spears, NSync…). I was 2 years old and I was singing full songs already! I took piano lessons for 12 years and vocal lessons for 5 years. My dad listened to a lot of english Country music when I grew up. I learned a lot about vocal harmonies and about the english language listening to it. I just can’t imagine the world without music. Music never lets you down; especially when you are down. Music brings people together and it’s a magical thing. Music/art has been more a calling than a choice to a certain extend. It’s something I have to do to express myself, and expressing myself is not an option for me. I never questioned the presence of music in my life, it’s like air to me.
SKYN: That's so cool to hear. It really is something special when you find something that is so engrained in your soul as music seems to be with you. You must be breathing it all the time. We hear you've got a new release that just came out - can you tell us about it?
MM: I just released my first single called Boy Toy, which I performed at Fashion Art Toronto on April 13th 2016. Boy Toy is an Electro-Pop track with a little twist of grunge to it. I wrote it 2 years ago, and I started working on it in studio with Keegan O’Guedes in December 2015. It’s a very revealing, arousing track, one of the sexiest song I’ve ever written. In the process of writing Boy Toy, I was looking for my identity as a musician and a writer. It’s available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, SoundCloud and on my Youtube channel.
SKYN: Sexy is definitely an understatement. It's dripping with sensuality. Definitely worth checking out on all of those platforms. Being a huge musical influencer yourself, where do you get your inspiration from now? What's the influence behind your music?
MM: The influence behind my lyrics varies between sexual freedom, confidence and love. I’ve had a hard time figuring out who I was when I was a kid, it took me a while to be comfortable with who I am and it inspires me now. I also like to put myself in someone else’s shoes when I write sometimes too. Right now, I’m working on a track that talks about bisexuality and another one that talks about trans issues. To summarize, I think diversity is my main source of inspiration. I see beauty in being different, in standing out, in being your unique self.
SKYN: What an exquisite way to put it. Really and truly, we couldn't agree more. You make a heck of a lot of music, but we’ve gotta also assume that you listen to a heck of a lot as well. What other artists influence you and your music?
MM: I’m a huge Lady Gaga fan, she’s my musical influence number one! She is such a complete artist, smart and creative woman. Her “Born This Way” album was a revelation for me. That’s when I understood that I wanted to make my own music. When I listened to the album for the first time, I literally almost cried (lol). The drive that this album carries is the most powerful thing I’ve heard, it was grabbing me right in the gut. I really dig Royksopp, a Norwegian electronic music duo. They collaborated a lot with a Robyn, a Swedish singer/songwriter that I’m also very influenced by. They sound edgy, distortional and heavy. I simply LOVE it. I’m also very influenced by Ariane Moffatt, a bilingual French Canadian singer. I loved her Electro-Chill vibe of her album MA.
SKYN: We can definitely head a whole lot of all of that in your music. Ok now that we know all that could you tell us something random about yourself? Something we may not already know.
MM: I was on America’s Got Talent Season X back in 2015. I was part of a male dance trio in heels called SCREAM in Heels; the act was choreographed by Lynsey Billing. It was an amazing experience; I would redo it anytime!
SKYN: That's so neat! We had no idea. Ok so that's definitely a cool thing to have under your belt, but we've got a sneaky suspicion that we're just scratching the surface when it comes to you. What are you most proud of that you've done so far?
MM: I would say that I’m proud of the confidence I built. I look back at myself when I was a teenager, and never I would’ve had imagine to become what I am today. I had it pretty tough in primary and secondary school, I was bullied a lot because I was different. I had different tastes, “unusual” interests, and always have been the “artsy” type of kid. “Live and let live” is my motto, and I wish it was the motto of more people on this planet.
SKYN: Absolutely. That's totally what we're all about too. Living with nothing to hide and embracing all those around you. You've come so incredibly far. Where do you see yourself going in the next year? What do you hope to accomplish with your music?
MM: We shall see what the future holds, but I definitely will release more music, and music videos. On a more social aspect, I believe in equality. I believe that all humans have the rights to be whoever they want to be, wherever they may be. It’s a very scary world out there, but I have the talent to share, and the ambition to change. Why not using it to its full potential?
SKYN: Heck yes! We love it Miguel! It seems like you’re really in this for the long haul, so we’d love to know, what do you hope Mister Miguel's legacy will be? What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
MM: Definitely everything concerning LGBTQ rights, from marriage for everyone to more education around transgender issues. Through music, I want to share my desires, my compassion, my determination for the world to be a better place; for all. No matter what religion you believe in, or belief you preach about at night, acceptance shouldn’t become a barrier. It should open up for a better place and a world in peace.
SKYN: Well, Mister Miguel, you're certainly all that and more. Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us and sharing with the world the incredible human that you are.
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