Though comparisons to Prince continue and he’s won a Grammy for R&B, Miguel insists his breakthrough album Wildheart is a true rock’n’roll record.
The singer speaks in our new issue – out now in print and on digital – and he tells Q’s Ted Kessler he’s constantly labelled wrongly.
“There are elements on Wildheart which are R&B, of course,” he admits. “But it’s a disservice to the music to describe it as such… It’s like, I can create a rock album and everyone is so afraid to say it’s rock’n’roll. They’ll say it’s funky. They call it everything but rock’n’roll. When in fact rock’n’roll started with rhythm and blues.
“Rock’n’roll was started by black people. My music isn’t the grey area. It’s my ethnicity that’s the grey area. I don’t know what makes people so afraid of it.”
Get Q351 now for the full, candid interview with the Los Angeles singer, including tales of sex, drugs and self-empowerment, plus he buys Q lunch...