LABELS: SUARA / BE ONE RECORDS
Miguel Bastida’s (1984, Granada, Spain) career has been steadily going up since he started DJing with only 14 years old, in the local radio station of his hometown, Alhama de Granada.
Nowadays living in Barcelona, Miguel has become one of the most in-demand Spanish artists worldwide, due to his versatility, great musical selection and charisma dominating the dancefloor.
Miguel’s influences initially came from bands as The Prodigy or The Chemical Brothers, and also from harder styles, like hardtechno and breakbeats. Besides, he had one of South Spain’s electronic music strongholds close to home: Industrial Copera. There, DJs as Ben Sims or Cristian Varela left a huge impression on Bastida, who also looked up to artists such as Nathan Fake, James Holden or Alex Under, during the golden years of minimal techno.
Miguel already dominated the mixing craft when he turned 16. After his first nights out, the idea of music production started to come to his mind. Picturing sounds with each song he listened to, Bastida started gathering with friends with the same ideas and taste for music, setting up his first live sets, which finally led to the foundation of his first group: the electronic music band Raíz Electrónica (Electronic Roots). After that, and thanks to his self-taught practice, he managed to dominate his first production software, Reason, changing to Logic afterwards. Today, being his weapon of choice when creating beats. His love for machines is also well known, especially for Moog’s creations and MIDI controllers.
With his family support as mainstay, helping at the family’s business in the morning and focusing on the studio sessions during the afternoon, Miguel was able to dedicate himself to his great passion: the creation of tunes. Music production has been, without a question, what has taken Miguel Bastida where he is today. After years and years of being locked up in the studio, he managed to create his own, exclusive and uncompromised sound, whose turning point came in 2015, with the release of ‘Moudness’, a track that managed to stay up in the Top charts of platforms such as Beatport. Before that, he already managed to knock on the doors of heavyweights as Umek and his 1605 platform. Then Sébastien Leger’s Mistakes Music came, followed by Mark Knight’s Toolroom; Deeperfect; Trapez, elrow Music; Marc Marzenit’s Paradigma Music; Dubfire’s Sci-Tec; and most recently, Suara, demonstrating all the styles he dominates. Today his productions can be found in the selections of artists such as Richie Hawtin, Paco Osuna, Luciano, John Acquaviva or Leger, Dubfire or Umek themselves.
As DJ, Miguel Bastida belongs to the exclusive group of Spanish DJs that has had the chance of touring around the world, presenting his repertoire in almost every country in the planet, from Australia and New Zealand to electronic music strongholds as New York and Chicago. His name can also be found on the line-ups of the world’s best clubs and festivals, managing to convince even the most demanding dancefloors of the scene.
Self-taught and entrepreneur, Bastida’s projects ended up naturally in the creation of his own label, Be One Records, that he manages along two of his childhood friends. Bastida is in charge of the A&R, while his buddies in Berlin and Granada manage design and social networks duties. Recently they created a sub-label, dedicated to support and give a chance to young and upcoming talents of the electronic music scene.
Be it as groove creator, selector or supporter of new talents with his label, Miguel Bastida is a safe bet for any record label, festival or venue that seeks to tear up their dancefloors.
Hello mate! How Are You? What do you have scheduled for today?
For today, I prepared a set from the darkness until fresh underground teching beats, playing some of my last favorite tracks
Please tell us a bit about your latest releases!
I had some releases in Suara, Be One Records and Wreck, I keep playing these tracks and keep working really good, some of them produced one year ago like our last release in Be One Records with Wade – Come On Everybody
Which release was the one who gave you the most attention so far?
I think it was with “Moudness” released in my own label Be One Records, it catched the attention by another big labels like Saved or Suara, anyway I had released in big labels before like SCI-TEC, Sebastien Leger´s label, Toolroom or many others, but was with Moudness which gave me the jump.
Tell us a bit about your upcoming releases! Is there anything special planned?
Maybe the most special is Roundnex EP in Suara, it will be released this month with some interested melodic stuff and remixes. Also I have a remix for Metodi Hristov in Elrow Records
As you are touring a lot, please tell us something about your experience. What is your favourite city or country and why?
Yes! This 2016 was the best year about performances for me so far, visiting more than 30 countries around the world, it’s a unique experience and unexpected in my mind years ago meeting new and great people
My favourite country is Argentina, im really in love of this country, the people´s energy is so special and they don’t stop to dance in any moment of my sets, every moment is special, lived with a lot of passion
What were your TOP 5 gigs so far?
E.Tech @ Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Npm @ La Plata (Argentina)
Club Vaag @ Antwerp (Belgium)
Fire @ London (United Kindom)
Terrazza @ Athens (Grecia)
What are your top 5 tracks that are really working the dance floor in your sets at the moment?
Raffa Fl – Reeby
Superbass (Wade Remix)
Miguel Bastida – Roundnex
Waiting Feat Forrest (Bontan Remix)
Mr Jefferson – Shuffle Anthem
Thank you for your time and this interesting interview!
Interview by Lars
1. Dj T & Kevin Knapp – That Beat (Original Mix) – Truesoul
2. Ronnie Spiteri – Red Mushroom (Original Mix) – Kenja Records
3. Raffa Fl – Reeby (Original Mix) – Material
4. Cera Alba – Balaeria (Ledwing & Kody Remix) – Griffintown Records
5. Reset Robot – Rebellion (Original Mix) – Truesoul
6. Di Chiara Brothers – Blastoise (Original Mix) – Avotre
7. Raffa Fl – Ansiety (Original Mix) – Avotre
8. Mr. Jefferson – Shuffle Anthem – Desert Hearts Records
9. Rick Wakley – Real Talk
10. Apollo 84 – That´s The Way (Simone Liberalli Remix) – Incorrect Music
11. Felipe Cobos – Danueldunado
12. Clio – Reach Out (Roberto Capuano Remix)
13. Reset Robot – Wee Bridge (Original Mix)