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Miguel “Can’t Wait” to Get to Canada [Interview]

Toronto, ON – Miguel is known for his power ballads and intriguing metaphors, and the crooner is ready to infiltrate Canada with his dynamic energy. He’ll be performing his second show up North this weekend, and he’s welcoming new Canadian fans with open arms. Preparing for the American-wide “Rising Icons” tour, Miguel took the time to talk to HipHopCanada about his own Canadian influences and what we can expect from his stage show…and of course to profess his love for our country.


“Expect it to be sexy, expect it to be dynamic. Expect it to be very memorable.”

HipHopCanada: So this weekend you will be performing in Toronto. Is this your first time performing in Canada?

Miguel: This will be my first time performing in Toronto. We actually played Ottawa at the Blues Festival a couple months ago.

HiphopCanada: You must be excited!

Miguel: I’m so fuckin’ excited. I love Canada. I’ve only spent maybe about three days there but I had such a great time. Everyone was cool. It’s exciting to build a fan base outside of the States and finding people that love the music. I can’t wait to get there.

HiphopCanada: Who are some Canadian artists that you’re hoping to work with next?

Miguel: K-Os is actually one of my favorites to be honest. I heard K-Os when I was about 17, maybe 15, when I first listened to him. I can never forget hearing “T Dot” by Kardinal… Yo when I heard that song it was maybe 2003 or 2002 I think. But I would love to work with Kardinal, he’s managed by one of my mentors so I’m sure that will happen soon. I hope so. Shit, who else. There are a few bands out of Canada that I’m a fan of that I would love to work with. Drake is from out there, I would love to work with Drake. Anyone else coming up, I’m open to learning about new artists coming from Canada. You guys got a lot of dope artists coming from out there, like the Weeknd too, I would love to work with all of them.

HipHopCanada: What can we expect to see from a Miguel show?

Miguel: Expect it to be sexy, expect it to be dynamic. Expect it to be very memorable. It really is about the fans, so I try and make every show special and tailored to the energy. I think anyone who’s ever seen our live show would agree, we spend a lot of time and energy making it very special. When you leave you will be very impressed. I’m positive.

HipHopCanada: You’ve said that you write your music by pulling from your own life experiences, and love tribulations –

Miguel: This album has everything to do with my romantic experience, so yeah definitely for this album and this material is a lot about love. All my material comes from personal experience.

HipHopCanada: Explain your creative process and how you translate those feelings into music.

Miguel: At the core of it it’s finding a way to become vulnerable. I think that’s what makes music such a universal language. In our vulnerability there’s some understanding and relatability. That’s pretty much where my creative process starts. It begins with me just becoming vulnerable and speaking my mind. That’s where songs like “Quickie” and “Sure Thing” and “All I Want is You” come from – being honest with myself. That’s what makes my music special.

HipHopCanada: In a few weeks you’ll be going on the Rising Icons tour with Marsha Ambrosius, which is super exciting, she’s amazing –

Miguel: Yeah!

HipHopCanada: What upcoming projects can we expect from you after the tour is done?

Miguel: I’m working on some in-between material to kind of put out for fans. It’s actually a concept of series of installments of music, but I can’t give it away because I think it’s a dope concept. I also am in tandem working on my next album. After this tour I have some time to really focus on the album and I can’t wait to go in for it. Just travelling and recording in other countries I think will make a huge impact on the sound of the album.

HipHopCanada: Thanks a lot! We look forward to seeing you in Canada again!

Interview conducted by Christina Parihar for HipHopCanada

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