Keith Milgaten Is Pre-Madonna

Some say Keith Milgaten looks like Macaulay Culkin.
  • Some say Keith Milgaten looks like Macaulay Culkin.
  • Image by Chadwick Gantes

Keith Milgaten cofounded Vision of a Dying World with his brother Jackson while the two were growing up in Las Vegas. After the duo moved to San Diego in 2006 and hooked up with local players, they began writing theatrical, ambitious songs, mixing elaborate harmonies with prog-rock guitar, jazz-inspired sax work, and the occasional ukulele solo, earning a nod from Filter magazine as Undiscovered Band of the Month in December 2007.

When Jackson shifted focus to Cuckoo Chaos, Keith (who DJs as Keith Sweaty) turned up the heat as Jamuel Saxon, a solo electronic project that has evolved into a full touring and recording ensemble. Their newest full-length, Pre-Madonna, was co-produced by Jimmy LaValle (the Album Leaf, Tristeza) at a cabin in Boulder Creek, California, and released on local Single Screen Records. At the August 2011 San Diego Music Awards, Jamuel Saxon took home the trophy for Best Electronic.

Also available is a new EP (CD and digital download) featuring songs that didn’t make Pre-Madonna, including a club version of the Vision of a Dying World tune “Awoken by a Scene From the End Times” and a Cuckoo Chaos cover.

Keith Milgaten spins as DJ Keith Sweaty before the RAC (Remix Artist Collective) show at the Loft on February 18.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC?

“Like a shuffleboard tournament on the Tron cruise.”

WHAT’S IN YOUR CAR CD PLAYER?

1) Miles Davis, Kind of Blue. “Supposedly, it’s the best jazz album of all time. My father bought me a copy for Christmas, and I’ve been marinating on it ever since.”

2) Air, Pocket Symphony. “With a perfect blend of ambience and rhythm, these Frenchies never cease to tingle my nerves down to the molecular level.”

3) The Strokes, Room on Fire. “This represents a period of my life in which I was first experiencing many things: first love, first mushroom trip, first trip to the South, and my first and only drunken makeout session with this Norwegian foreign exchange student.”

4) Living Legends, Legendary Music. “Volumes one and two. I got hooked on this collection of amazing indie hip-hop gems.”

5) Kenna, Make Sure They See My Face. “Kenna was a huge influence in my first days of programming beats and writing electronic music. He teamed up with the Neptunes for this record, and it’s got some really funky tracks on it that would make just about anyone shake dat booty.”

MOST EMBARRASSING SONG ON YOUR MUSIC PLAYER?

“‘Who Let the Dogs Out (Club Mix).’”

FAVORITE CONCERT?

“Animal Charm at CineVegas 2003 was audio and visual tomfoolery at its best.”

SOMETHING YOU NEVER RUN OUT OF?

“Vitamin C.”

WHAT REMAINS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

“Watch every episode of Burn Notice.”

SONG THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOUR LIFE?

“‘The Power of Love’ by Huey Lewis and the News.”

ANYONE EVER SAY YOU LOOK LIKE SOMEONE ELSE?

“Macaulay Culkin.”

WORST INJURY?

“I drunkenly fell off a 20-foot beach cliff onto sharp rocks in Mexico. My feet were shredded, my body was scraped and cut up real good, and I had a concussion. Anthony Levas [Little Deadman] saved my life by getting me out of there.”

BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT LIVING IN SOUTH PARK?

“Plenty of parking but far from the freeways.”

WHERE DO YOU TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS?

“City Deli in Hillcrest.”

BRUSH WITH FAME?

“I once ran into Kevin Nealon in the cereal aisle of a Malibu Ralphs.”

BIGGEST REGRET?

“Going to South by Southwest with Black Mamba in 2010. Aimee [Sanchez] and I were not getting along at all by that point, and I basically had a breakdown by the end of it. I also blew most of my Album Leaf remix dough from Sub Pop Records on that trip, with nothing to show for it other than a week-long hangover and a sore throat from the yelling bouts.” ■

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Outtakes: WHERE CAN YOU HANG OUT FOR FREE? “My room.”

IF YOU COULD TIME TRAVEL, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THE YOUNGER YOU? “Invent Facebook.”

ANY FEARS OR PHOBIAS? “Accidentally eating cheese.”

BIGGEST RIP-OFF? “When I was in middle school, somebody stole all my best gangsta rap CDs at a party I was DJing. I was devastated.”

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC? “I believe in Magic Johnson. I’ve seen him.”

FAVORITE MOVIE BASED ON A GAME? “Street Fighter: The Movie.”

THREE THINGS WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU? 1. “I once changed a flat tire on acid.” 2. “I’ve been producing hip-hop records since I was 17.” 3. “I love Wham.”

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