Hailing from the City of Smiles with hella good food, 20-year-old Miguel Rojas has been making a name for himself in the local electronic dance music industry. From mixing experiments to bagging a DJ Search and his plans for 2015, there’s a lot in store for this local rising DJ.
Q&A with Miguel Rojas
Tell us about your journey as a musician. How did you decide that you wanted to pursue a career in music?
It all started about 9 years ago when one of my friends told me something like “Guel, you know what? These two songs would be nice if they were put together.” My curiosity got me to download a mixing software. From there, I learned to love every single part of it especially when I started getting compliments from the people around me for what I was doing.
Everything started from scratch when I got into it. I first learned as much as I could about music mixing. When I finally got the hang of it, I began playing in house parties with only a bunch of friends around. Debuts then came in the picture and eventually different clubs/bars in town booked me for gigs. I guess these gigs turned out pretty well with positive feedback since I also got to be part of huge outdoor music festivals in the city like Love Dance Festival as the biggest. I think this journey will still come a long way for me because now, I’m starting to have gigs outside of Bacolod already.
Why do you think music is so captivating?
As cliché as it sounds, music is definitely a great way to express one’s self. It is an outlet for emotions/feelings, which somehow allow us to be someone else. The beauty of music lets us gain new sets of friends and create unforgettable memories with them, which makes it very captivating.
You are also taking up a degree in Architecture. Do you see any similarities with music? Like maybe, through both, you can create something great for other people?
Architecture and mixing deals with the creativity of our minds. It tends to squeeze out our imaginations in order to create something like an output which will either make you or break you as an artist. These two are very challenging especially in convincing people that you have a talent in these fields.
Congratulations on winning The District Masskara DJ Search in Ayala! What are your next plans?
One of the prizes that I received from the battle is a scholarship for a DJ course from two schools in Manila namely Music Colony and Bounce Electronic School. I’m currently looking forward to that this summer. I’ll surely get to learn a lot from it that once I get back, I’ll be equipped with new skills to showcase. I’m also hoping for more gigs outside of the city this year.
What advice can you share to those in pursuit of their dreams?
Don’t be in a hurry. In every stage of your career, take as much time as you can to master it first before stepping in to the next one. Everything will fall into place. You wouldn’t know how or when, but once its there, you’ll be surprised on how far you already are. You’ll eventually get there if you just keep doing what you love to do.
What are you five essential tracks for 2015?
- Heroes (We Could Be) (Hard Rock Sofa &Skidka Remix) By Alesso Ft. Tove Lo
- Bells At Midnight (Original Mix) By Thomas Newson
- Still The Same Man (Original Club Mix) By Nicky Romero, Nilson, John Christian
- Feel The Release (Original Mix) By CID Ft. Luciana
- Home (Fedde Le Grand Remix) By Naughty Boy Ft. Sam Romans
You can listen to his mixes here: Sound cloud