Last year at this time, Miguel was a relative unknown. The 26-year-old singer was working on his second album, Kaleidoscope Dream, when his studio partner, Pharrell Williams, attended the celeb-studded Met Gala in New York. “I was like, damn,” Miguel recalls, “wouldn’t it be crazy if I were there next year?” And there he was this May at the Met’s Punk: Chaos to Couture opening, wearing a head-to-toe Lanvin suit complete with lapel buttons and studded creepers, alongside Wintour-approved pop stars like Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé and Kanye West. “To be honest with you, the majority of the people there didn’t know who the fuck I was,” Miguel says, even though he won a Grammy for his hit single “Adorn” in February, and his music has been topping Billboard’s R&B charts for most of this year. “So my look was perfectly like, ‘I belong here, but I’m not trying to shout it out.’” (Read More…)
Miguel is on the cover of London magazine ‘Notion.’ Check out his cover as well as photoshoot photos. The magazine can be purchased HERE.
Check out some photos (and the cover) from Miguel‘s feature in Vibe Magazine with Kendrick Lamar. Below, you can check out some of the Q&A from the interview session: (Read More…)
I’ve uploaded scans of Miguel‘s feature in Flaunt Magazine. Enjoy!
» 2013 Magazines: Flaunt
Kelly Clarkson was a testament to the power of Grammy music discovery when she said during her acceptance speech for best pop vocal album at last week’s Grammys, “Miguel, I don’t know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together. I mean, good God. That was the sexiest damn thing I’ve ever seen.”
The first line of the album’s first song sets the tone: “These lips can’t wait to taste your skin.” You have entered Miguel‘s Kaleidoscope Dream, a fantastical, steamy, colorful, gritty-but-polished, polished-but-gritty, dripping-with-sex-sweat bacchanal of Marvin Gaye smoothness. The song is “Adorn,” and it hit the young Los Angeles–based Mexican/African-American singer like a flash of light, the chords coming to him on a cross-country flight, the lyrics following shortly after. He touched down, wrote the thing in a blur, and doesn’t remember much of anything about the process.
Miguel’s alcohol stash is low. He’s got a glass-worth of whiskey, which he says he prefers, and one bottle of beer. He offers me the whiskey. It’s 8PM on a Saturday in LA, and the plain, two-bedroom apartment he shares with his girlfriend of seven years, an aspiring actress named Nazanin Mandi, droops with the remnants of a recent party. A golden CONGRATULATIONS! banner dangles in a corner, tied up by one end, and deflated balloons wobble idly on the carpet. Taped to the wall, a plastic flag with stick-on letters reads: ADORN NO. 1. It’s a week before the release of Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel’s second album, and its single, “Adorn,” a top contender for our generation’s “Sexual Healing,” holds the highest slot on Billboard’s R&B chart. He recorded the song last year in this very apartment, in the makeshift studio/second bedroom, where a microphone stand is now the sole piece of audio equipment visible beneath trash bags full of scarves, sweaters and black hats.
I’ve added some photos from Miguel‘s Unleash’d magazine spread.
» 2012 Magazines: Unleash’d Magazine – August 2012