Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Miguel Hernandez . We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Miguel , looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. Do you wish you had waited to pursue your creative career or do you wish you had started sooner?
In 1995 at the age of 15 I was introduced to the 1200 Technics turntables not knowing it would be a tool I would be using till this day. Took many years of bedroom djing learning how to mix. Djing small parties before landing any real gigs.
If I could go back and tell my younger self something… it would be to don’t get discouraged when the NOs are more than YESs, when it comes to losing gigs.
Miguel , before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
Djing has be a life long passion. Spinning records has gotten me to a bunch of venues meeting all kinds of awesome people. My djing career started when I was 15 and has been extremely interesting. Started with house parties, beach parties, nightclubs, car shows, weddings and corporate events. In that order. Now at the age of 40 with 2 awards under my belt. The Peoples Choice Award in 2015 by The Houston Press and 2021 Lynn Marie Johnson Media Award by Texas Art Spark Texas. Lynn Marie Johnson Media Arts Award is given to an artist who displays passion and commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities through the use of media arts. I am super content with my journey as a mixer dj.
What’s a lesson you had to unlearn and what’s the backstory?
Be more stren with people with drinks around dj equipment. I had a guy spill a drink on my gear being ruined. Now I never let anyone close to my equipment with any liquid lol.
: Is there a particular goal or mission driving your creative journey?
When I dj for school functions or family events. I always have that one little child that keeps looking at the turntables. When possible I’ll invite them to scratch and touch the records. I hope that the take aways is that you can play music in other formats other than streaming music.