We had the good fortune of connecting with Miguel Crandell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miguel, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
In today’s society people tend to mostly view me based off of the content I share to your social media. Many outsiders will over look the hard work it took to create a song, create the music video with dancers I choreographed the dance to, schedule a release plan, and then learn how to perform it live. People at my school might not realize that I had a rehearsal until midnight the night before but I’m sill showing up to class doing what I need to get done in the classroom. The number of hours I’ve put in on tour, in the studio, on stage and in school have surpassed numbers I lost count of. I hope one day all the hard work will pay off.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
At thirteen years old I was touring all over Colorado back up dancing for all of the top Denver rappers. I established myself as the young dancer who was getting into venues he had no business being in. That started to build me mentally and caused me to grow up into a 17 year old senior who has the respect of the entire Denver hip -hop scene. As this was going on I had been training in competitive dance every year, I began attending a competition called Hollywood Vibe. After going through my very first year as a competition dancer I was casted onto the the Hollywood Vibe Company. I traveled the next year to 4 different cities before winning the title of National Dancer of the Year. Receiving that award created a world in which I was a main focus point for both the local rap community and now on a national level. I knew I needed to find a way to fuse both of my worlds. That is the moment when I decided to make music and create programs that involve dancers in my live concerts and my music videos. After years of training and adjusting to such a big world I have casted and choreographed dancers of all ages for 5 sold out headlining shows. Taught them how to sell tickets and promote the event, go through a rehearsal process with me as an artists and make their dreams come true by dancing on stage with a live artist. Many look up to me as a leader, mentor, and especially a big brother and I am grateful for the support my city has given me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Whenever a friend comes into town I’d take them to a show at the marquis theater, they have the best pizza in Denver. I am always down to go play basketball at Montclair Rec. Center too!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have come across many different artists, celebrities, CEO’s, and stadium sized crowds but none of that would be possible without my mentors, local Denver rap moguls Hypnautic and King Tef of Top Flite Empire. Those are two individuals that took me under their wing and put me in position to succeed very early in my career being their back up dancer for live rap shows. My dance training has been detrimental to my success and I would like to shoutout my “EVQ Squad”. EVQ Dance Studio has given me the opportunity to choreograph competition winning routines and allowing me to teach dance classes weekly. Lastly, I have had the honor in touring with Hollywood Vibe Dance Competition for 5 years assisting classes and getting mentored by some of the biggest choreographers in the Commercial Dance industry.
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