Rockstar: INXS finalist to release debut album
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Usually, artists aren’t too happy when their album’s release keeps getting pushed back, but that’s not the case for former Rockstar: INXS finalist MiG.
“I got signed straight off the show and I started recording almost right away,” he says, explaining that his self-titled debut should have been released last year.
The album was originally recorded as a collection of rock classics that were re-done by the Australian-raised MiG (he was born in the Philippines). The album’s delay was due in part to his label catching word that MiG was writing some original music.
“The label heard the songs I was writing and said we got to put these songs on the album. I was very excited that the delay has allowed me to include original material.”
The finished album features three songs written by MiG, as well as 11 rock classics, including covers of Pearl Jam’s Jeremy, Seal’s Kiss From a Rose, and The Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset.
“One of the things we wanted to be able to say was can we make a version of the song that the original artist would be proud to listen to,” says MiG, adding that he chose the covers from a “short list” of 250 songs, enlisting his management team and producers for help.
“We wanted to breathe some kind of bold statement into the songs we chose.”
With his album set for release on April 10, MiG says he hopes listeners get a sense they are indulging themselves.
“I want listeners to swim in a symphony of sounds, and to let people know a little bit about what I am about,” he says.
As for his past incarnation as one of the final three contestants of Rockstar: INXS, MiG says he was glad he was part of the show, but hopes the experience doesn’t define him as an artist.
“I don’t deny that that’s the show that let people know who I am. I’m glad I did it. I’m glad I don’t have to do it again,” he says, adding, “Accept me for who I am, not who I was on the show.”