California loving residents, singer Miguel and emcee Thurz got up with TheWellVersed and 2DopeBoyz at SXSW in Texas [March 2012] to thoughtfully discuss their stance as artists, how they first met, new music they’re working on respectively, creative unity and progressive art.
After leaving rap duo U-N-I, Thurz “wanted to do something that was unexpected,” with his solo debut, LA Riot. “I like writing stories and scripts and this was almost like scoring this event in history and use it as a catalyst to show what I can do as an artist,” he says.
Now working on his next album Blood on the Canvas, Thurz shares that he enjoys working with fellow artists [like Miguel, THX and DJ Khalil] who “challenge me to grow as an artist and as a person” on his mission to “give the world some great music.”
Meanwhile Miguel gives his take on today’s mixtape culture and valuing art; “Everybody has done a mixtape and that concept is so overworked. I think it makes it easy to lost the value of good music.
“Let’s give people a concentrated amount of creativity that really means something to (the listener). Give it to them in a way that it is appreciated and you’re not just bombarded with all kinds of information.
“There’s a handful of artists pushing great, creative music. It’s not bullshit. It’s not ‘not marketable’ because there’s a place for it obviously. I just want to promote art.”
Miguel later continues, “What I really want to do is create a platform especially for like minded artists from LA — we’re all friends and been to each other’s shows — now is the time that I would like to put all of my energy into making sure there’s a unity between us.
“You look at places like Atlanta (and how they stuck together) and you can see that there’s a strong bond between artists there. Los Angeles is spread out across a large area and it’s easy for us to get lost in our own shit. But there are artists who really want to do things and step out together.
“We all have different perspectives and types of music but our energy is the same. We’re all humble and really like to create. I just want to, in some way, bring us all together.”
An interesting conversation: watch three parts below.
Watch: Part One
Watch: Part Two
Watch: Part Three
“What I’m hoping to achieve is a sense when the creation of music was not for commercial success. When it was about the music and when people found it, it was treasured.” –Miguel