Today we’d like to introduce you to Miguel Fearing.
Miguel, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story starts with just handling the grasp of being in a broken low-income household. Where my mother and father would love and argue with each other ever since I can remember. While that goes on my two older brothers and I had to find ways to entertain each other and stay away from the cautious neighborhood, we were surrounded by. Obviously, with two older siblings, you fall in line with their hobbies and what they like to do. Although when finding my personal time, I’ve come to realize that I have an ear for music.
Music being the driving force of where I can escape. Feeling emotions and heard words never spoken before. Being that I was a quiet kid, I would always hum and sing all the music in my head. From my mom showing me R&B soul of the likes of Erykah Badu, TLC, and Destiny’s Child; while showed me the grittiness of Hip Hop by listening to Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg.
Moving from schools on and on again there was always one thing I had with me no matter what, music. Fast forward throughout the years of middle school, high school and college, I wanted to learn how to play an instrument. Trying out the violin, drums, and the trumpet I couldn’t find what I was searching for. Then, my life flipped upside down when I was introduced to two turntables and a mixer.
That feeling of vinyl, the ability to slow or speed a song by hand, mixing and clashing songs together to hope and unify to make something new. This is what I fell in love with when I was a child. Expanding my skills to ‘hold down’ a DJ set, I quickly came to realize djing is not something that can just be picked up and learned within a couple of months. Going through my trials of life I doubted myself and stopped djing. Including the outside frustrations of life such as ending my relationship of three years, my car broke down and struggling to work and go to school. Truly feeling at my ends-wit of life and meaning.
Still having connections with my friends within the DJ community, I was given an opportunity of a lifetime. To intern for the Beat Junkies Institute of Sound. A place where you are taught how to djing from the ground up. A place I can call home. Relearning everything and changing the game that I thought I knew. Now, refreshing and expanding my knowledge I have fallen in love with one I once knew as a child, music.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Definitely not a smooth road. It has been nothing but ups and downs. As Nipsey Hussle said on the track Perfect Ten, “I went through every emotion with tryna pursue what I’m doing”. With my just learning how to djing being an all-time high of confidence and constantly practicing with my friends. Going into my first event, shaken and nervous. After having constant events, arrogant confidence. To one of my last event, I’ve played where I was destroyed and fell straight on my face (that event is where I became lost).
Going through all of that, I couldn’t find that love, going back to the drawing board. It made me to where I turned to being by myself and stuck in my thoughts where my traumas and depression started to hit at an all-time high. Thinking life is not worth it? What have I become? Can I continue? These are the questions I had to answer.
What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
In simple terms. I DJ. Expanding upon that, I am more than a DJ. I model, take photos from time to time, stylist, and audio production.
More directly, I run two podcasts that I am very proud of. Local Celebs Podcast, where the cast consists of my closest friends Ant and Nev as well as myself. We talk about certain issues going on in our local community and bring on the guest which are known as local celebrities. The other podcast I am a part of is called Open Mike Podcast, this one is a little more raw in comparison. The cast of just myself and one guest every other episode, I talk about anything and everything of everyday life and struggles.
Both of these platforms bridging the gap between social media and real people. Somewhere where I conversation can be had, a place you can relate to or debate too. More importantly, bring voice to people from all walks of life.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My people that deserve the credit to where I’m at is a shopping list. First is the family of course. Mom, Dad, and one of my older brother Chris. All my best friends that I consider my second family, Jacob, Ant, Sammi G, Victor, Nev, Thurston, Savana, Andre. All have really humbled me on my path, checked me when I have slipped away and wasted my life. Push me to be a better me every day. As well as keep me being the nice, respectable, and happy self I am known for.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: miguelfearing
- Twitter: miguelfearing
- Other: https://soundcloud.com/localcelebspodcast
Jacob Tello, DJ FlipFlop