Miguel Campbell talks about his favourite Australian festival and clubs in Brazil

Miguel Campbell talks about his favourite Australian festival and clubs in Brazil

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Following his wildly successful recent tour of Australian, house maestro Miguel Campbell has released his brand new album ‘Theories of a Different Mind’, an 11-track production packed with Miguel’s vibrant dancefloor ready melodies, released via his own Outcross Records label.

Having enjoyed a fruitful double-decade career, Miguel Campbell has been making his mark on the house scene since the early 90s. The Leeds-born producer and selector has enjoyed an accolade of releases on prolific labels including No. 19 Music, Soul Clap’s Wolf + Lamb and most notably, Hot Creations, through which he showcased the timeless ‘Something Special’.

Playing alongside Steve Lawler, KiNK and Kölsch among many others, Miguel has headlined some of the world’s biggest parties, including a recent month-long touring schedule across Australia, seeing him play at renowned venues in the major cities, including Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Auckland, to name a few.

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We caught up with Miguell to talk influences, travel

What’s your name and what do you do?

My name is Miguel Campbell and I am a music producer, DJ and record label owner.

What kind of music do you play?

I play house music with a funk / hip-hop twist.

What would you say is your biggest influence?

These days, my biggest influence is my life experience, the places I’ve been and my interactions with the people I have met along the way.

Where’s the best club you’ve ever played?

The best club I have ever played is Warung in Brazil. On the edge of the Itajai coast, this wooden build is phenomenal. The sound quality is amazing and the sunrise at this club is the best there is!

And the best festival?

My favourite festival that I have played at was Listen Out Festival in Australia. It was a multi city festival where I toured with Disclosure, Just Blaze, Rüfüs, Laura Jones, Azilia Banks and lots of other cool artists. We performed in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane and it was great to be on tour with such a dynamic range of artists. Melbourne was my favourite leg of Listen Out Festival!

Where’s the most unique festival you’ve been to and what was so special?

The most unique festival I have played at is up there with the best of them and that would be Your Paradise in Fiji. The festival was held on the Malolo Lai Lai islands and this location is simply breathtaking! The most idyllic Paradise I have ever experienced. This popup festival takes place over several days with dj sets in many different types of locations from poolside at the hotel to 3 hour parties on sandbanks that disappear in the tide. Lots of random, unplanned popup events provided an opportunity for me to play spontaneous back to back sessions with some of my favourite DJ’s and friends!

What was the most difficult festival you ever went to and was it worth it?

Alpha Future Festival in Nivsny Novgorod was a very difficult festival to reach. In the east of Russia the logistics are not the easiest and once I reached the city there was a big drive out into the freezing cold Russian wilderness. Once passed the police at the rear of an unused airfield I found myself in one of the most impressive productions I have seen. The stages were incredible and the people were amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and all of the difficulties in getting there were well worth it!

Where’s your hometown?

My hometown is Leeds in the county of West Yorkshire, England. 

What’s your favourite local bar/restaurant/bar/club? 

I think a firm Leeds favourite is Distrikt bar which is a great small bar/club and restaurant during the day. With a great mix of local DJ’s and various international acts passing through regularly, it’s a great place to visit.   

Where’s your favourite clubbing destination?

Ibiza has always been my favourite clubbing destination. There is such a great mix of venues and party styles in Ibiza that there is always a cool event to attend that fits your taste. It has to be said, Ibiza is so much more than just a clubbing destination. There is an amazing Balearic culture to discover in Ibiza. Great cuisine, some cool architecture and lots of great beaches.

Is there something you can’t travel without?

I don’t go anywhere without my music! Whether or not I am playing a show I always take my music with me because if the opportunity to play does arrive, I always like to take advantage of that and enjoy as many experiences as a DJ as possible.

What travel destination would you recommend our readers add to their bucket list?

My recommendation would have to be Ecuador, for several reasons. Ecuador is such an amazing country filled with vivid colours and sounds. The local people are always very welcoming to tourists and this makes for a wonderful feeling everywhere you go. There is a good mix of things to do and see as a tourist and lots of local bars, clubs and Restaurants throughout the country. My favourite town in Ecuador is Montanita. A small surfing town on the east coast with an amazing holiday atmosphere that evolves into a party atmosphere at night. Lost beach club in Montanita is one of the best night clubs in the world which is open all year round. I am a fan of visiting in the low season as the whole experience in the town is more intimate and more personable.

Miguel Campbell Tour Dates

20/07/18 – La Terraza, Barcelona
03/08/18 – Cuckooland, Ibiza Rocks, Ibiza
17/08/18 – Cuckooland, Ibiza Rocks, Ibiza
24/08/18 – Cuckooland, Ibiza Rocks, Ibiza
26/08/18 – Creche @ Ministry of Sound, London
03/08/18 – The Ark Cruise, Barcelona – Sete
04/08/18 – The Ark Cruise, Barcelona – Sete
9-12/12/18 – Your Paradise, Fiji

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