Common Ground: Miguel Puente

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Up next we have a very special treat coming from Barcelona, Spain. Despite his relatively young age, Miguel Puente is well travelled – born in Monterrey, Mexico, he lived in Chicago for two years in the 90’s, one year in Montreal in 2005 and has been living in Barcelona since 2008. The influences of these electronic cultural hubs echo through his productions and DJ sets.

Miguel has played in some of the most important clubs and parties around Mexico, Europe and South America, including annual gigs at BPM Festival with Akbal Music & his own parties Plus Plus ++ and Digital Delight, as well as Sonar Festival with artists like Fur Coat, James Teej, Art Department, Morgan Geist, Damian Lazarus, The Mole, Richy Ahmed, Russ Yallop, Alexis Raphael, and more.

His discography is more than impressive with releases on labels No.19 Music, Hot Waves, Diynamic, Cajual Records, OFF Recordings, Outcross plus working internally with Akbal Music for years now. Miguel has multiple collaborations with friends like Balcazar & Sordo, Louie Fresco, Bastard Love, Wildkats, and Climbers. Many of his tracks have charted for months and supported by the likes of Lee Burridge, Solomun, Lee Foss, Soul Clap, Miguel Campbell, Art Department, Droog, Jozif, Kiki, and many more.

With recent appearances on Boiler Room, John Digweed’s Transitions Radio Show, and Proton Radio, 2015 is shaping up to be a year to watch out for this young talent. His new project with Louie Fresco, Plus Plus ++, launched at BPM Festival and has continued with events around the globe providing an additional outlet for the music that comes so naturally to Miguel.



We also have local hero MARTIN AQUINO who's on the Akbal Music label with Miguel. Originally hailing from Manila, Philippines and now firmly rooted in San Francisco, Martin Aquino is an exciting new name on the scene who is making waves with his underground, deep tech-house sound. It was in Manila, as a teenager, that Martin first encountered house music and developed his love for the genre. By the age of 17, Martin was regularly playing at renowned venues within the cities of Makati and Manila.

Martin soon found himself traveling back-and-forth between Manila and San Francisco. It was on the US west coast that he became familiar and fascinated with the bay area's brand of deep house. Martin's sound evolved to include this influence which he brought back to the Philippines through his in-demand DJ sets. Soon Martin made the plunge and relocated to San Francisco where he could play, produce, and thrive in the heart of its world famous dance music scene.

Martin's obsession with the music and his sound naturally led to music production. Since 2011, he's already recorded well-received singles for labels like Resopal Schallware, One Records, and District Raw. Martin's production, while riding the border between house and techno, keeps a leg deep in the sound of the underground. He strives for music that is organic and eclectic while still rawly effective in the nightclub.



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