I sat down with Miggs prior to the Grown Folks Poetry Slam on April 25 at The Sentient Bean to talk about the release of his first solo album, "Son of a Gun." We discussed everything under the sun, from New York City hip-hop to the reasons why remixing and flowing to Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" is not too bad of an idea.
How does living in Savannah influence your music now?
Miggs: I moved from New York to attend SCAD and have lived here for eight years. I expected cornfields and collard greens, but living in Savannah is like a little mini Southern-themed experience. It influences my persona more than anything else. I feel my work is more care-free and fun as opposed to being in New York, where it is more cold and competitive. Savannah has a real super-chill artist atmosphere that allows people to expand. Everybody is a musician or artist, or some craft that they can do.
How long has it taken to make this album?
Miggs: In the works for about two years. Before that, I was always part of a group. Back home, I was with F.E.B., Word of Mouth, and then Dope Sandwich - which is more of a label now - and this will be my first solo under the Dope Sandwich collaboration.
What is it like working for a collaborative?
Miggs: Nowadays, everybody is invested in themselves and it takes some maturity to understand how to be part of an artistic community. Savannah is very collaboration-friendly. A lot of artist maturity and the ones that have really focused on what Savannah has to offer and taken the time to mature and figured out what it is that we want to do. There is just so much potential for this city.
Who is your key audience?
Miggs: Been doing a lot of house parties. A lot of collage students from all over. However, I want to include everybody. I have taken the time in Savannah to get my name to a point and my music to a point where I am really comfortable with it. I've done the whole approaching radio stations and then a couple of years later, couldn't believe that I did that. ... I am not so sure how long I will be here, but Savannah has been a home to me and it has gotten me to a place where I am ready to put my stamp on it and just build from this amazing energy that has happened in Savannah.
What is the main theme to this album?
Miggs: Really just based the vibe of this album off of what was going on inside of me. Did not want to over-reach for things. Thought of what kind of music that I want to make and why I am even making music to begin with. One of the songs on the album is "I Am Not a Rapper." People can call me whatever they want, but for me, I just want to have fun. I am just doing what I am doing. Being me - and this happens to be one of my crafts. The rest of the album really engulfs that main sentiment of spreading the idea of being cool is reaching your fullest potential and being yourself. I want to inspire people to go do what they do and be proud of it. I am also not taking for granted this opportunity to make use of this platform that I have.
Adriana Iris Boatwright is a photographer and lifestyle blogger residing in Savannah. She's in love with the oaks, the arts and the people in the city. Learn more at www.adrianairis.com.