In 2004, Miguel Migs started his own Salted Music imprint. No stranger to independent and major labels, the founding of Salted Music was a more personal venture. The idea behind Salted is for Miguel to have a creative outlet for releasing forward thinking; soul based electronic music that is not limited in tempo. Not just instituted for Migs’ own creations, Salted is a vehicle for upcoming and well-known artists who come across his path and catch his ear.
I wanted to start something new to keep things fresh, interesting, and exciting for me. I want to build my own catalog of material,” says Migs. “Also, while on the road I always get demos from artists I’m into. I want to be able to release some of this material and help get it out there, push new artists with interesting, quality material of any style: funky, tech-y, soulful, vocal, instrumental.”
The initial 18 months of Salted’s existence, it was strictly a 12” label directed towards dancefloor-oriented tracks. Once recognized in the dance community as a source for reliable grooves, the time was ripe for Salted to broaden its reach beyond the clubs. This was done with the release of the imprint’s first compilation in September 2005, Get Salted: Volume One, collected and mixed by Migs himself. Volume One set the tone for the label with choices from Migs’ inimitable taste with a focus on spontaneity, flow, and listening pleasure, rather than the recreation of a night out.
Salted Music now has a catalogue of over 74 releases, including 2 Full length albums by Miguel himself (Those Things, Those Things Remixed) and Lisa Shaw (Free). Other releases on the Salted Label include Kaskade, Chuck Love, Yogi & Husky, Dutchican Soul and many more. Official Website
GHOSTS OF VENICE
Breaking out in 2009 with a string of bootlegs and remixes, Ghosts Of Venice reacted quickly to the levels of online attention with the release of debut "I Learned From The Best" EP free, online. Swiftly snapped up by Strictly Rhythm this was reworked into summer club hit "Without You" featuring the esteemed Errol Reid on vocals and huge mixes from James Talk & Ridney and Siege, not to mention repeated Radio 1 plays from Pete Tong amongst others. The other side of the EP, "Her" was released through US label Solid Bump along with hefty collection of remixes from Bit Funk and more.
Couple these with a series of of remixes for the likes of The Phantoms Revenge, Miguel Migs and the afore-mentioned James Talk & Ridney saw the run up to summer 2011 raise his profile in a big way. Not satisfied with this though, Ghosts has taken the time to tour the US and start his own label, Stripped & Chewed launched in early November in Chicago as well as compile a "classics remixed" disc for the forth coming Hed Kandi Classics Compilation alongside his rework of “Don’t Stop The Music” for single release.
2013 has seen the release of new single “My Love”, a collaboration with Josh Jakq, through Italy’s La Valigetta label as well as remixes coming up for Lemaitre and Queen of Hearts. Throw brand new material and partnerships in with some world famous labels showcasing a side of Ghosts Of Venice few have seen into the mix and the close of the year is set to be an intriguing one. Watch this space. Official Website.
Rising up through the ranks of internet producers during 2009, Screendeath’s inane talent shone through and rapidly won him high profile fans. With the likes of Fake Blood, Diplo, A-Trak and Annie Mac all in support he unleashed his debut single, Packback, through Southern Fried. Receiving significant airplay from Radio 1 only pushed him further into the limelight and he rounded of 2010 as one of Jaymo & Andy George’s “ones to watch in 2011.
Starting 2011 with a bang, Screendeath was featured on the debut compilation album from MODA with one of the exclusive unreleased tracks on the release. Following this were shows with a many of the dance scene’s leading lights. From 2manyDJs to Simian Mobile Disco, Aeroplane and Mylo, all shows were met with great praise at his impressive djs skills and track selection.
Following this a short break was taken to focus on completing University, though he still took time out in the summer of 2012 to hit the festival circuit, including a highlight set at Global Gathering. July also saw his solitary venture into production with a huge remix of Jupiter Ace’s “Glowing in the Dark”.
Now moving forward into 2013 production has ramped up once more, teasing at a new direction in sound with the remix of Eatenbybears, you can expect to be hearing a lot a new and exciting material from the young Irishman over the coming months.
Emerging in October 2011 with his Motown Edits EP, reworked tracks from a handful of originators of Motor City soul, including Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers. The release quickly gained attention all over the Internet, with support from WOLF Music, Space Ranger, Soul Clap and equally mysterious edit-maestros, Tiger & Woods. His track “Need You” first appeared on OM Lounge Vol. 12 and was released as a single on Smoke N Mirrors as well as his first official EP featuring "Brooklyn Nights" and "Beverly Thrills"
With the release of his debut remix, for Death On The Balcony, saw 2013 off to a high praised start compounded by the Metro EP rapidly rising up the beatport charts and receiving support from Jacques Renault and Let’s Play House to the Dirt Crew team in Europe. Coupled with his appearance at WMC alongside DJ Harvey Osunlade, PillowTalk, Maxxi Soundsystem & and many more as well as his track “Keni” being launched as a giveaway for House Of Disco’s 1,000,000th page view, 2013 has been a busy one thus far.
This trend is only set to continue with the wheels for his next single turning, there is a lot more to come from Edit in 2013, including a series of low key edits that are sincerely worth keeping eyes peeled for.