Jaguar Skills

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Jaguar Skills
Born United Kingdom
Genres Hip hop, Drum and bass, Dubstep, House
Occupation(s) Record producer, DJ
Instruments Sampler
Turntable
Years active 2002 – Present
Labels Insanity Artists.[1]
Website http://www.jaguarskills.com

Jaguar Skills is a British Disc Jockey (DJ) who has gained notoriety since 2002 for his eclectic multi-genre, cut-n-paste style Djing mixes. The DJ has released hundreds of mixtapes through various outlets, including BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra and has a weekly 10-minute mix on The Trevor Nelson Show.

Early career[edit]

Jaguar Skills' breakthrough came in 2002 when he started DJing at East London arts bar Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes.[2] From this, Jaguar Skills caught the ear of fashion label Maharishi and was asked to produce a mixtape CD.[3] The 60 minute CD was created, looped, produced and cut entirely on 2 mini walkmen. It was the first of its kind and received top reviews in key publications and also pushed his signature sound of lightning speed mixing.

The next few years saw Jaguar Skills build his DJ profile, playing at various venues across London and it wasn’t long before he caught the ears of fashionista Jade Jagger, who invited Jaguar Skills to become a resident at her world famous global Jezebel parties, playing gigs from Ibiza to Russia and Hong Kong.[4]

After producing ‘We Love You’ for US mega rapper Lupe Fiasco,[5] Jaguar Skills put out a mixtape that would send his profile into the stratosphere: "1979-2006: A Hip-Hop Odyssey - 800 Tracks In 45 Minutes".[6] A never been done before project, he mixed every Hip-Hop hit from 1979 to 2006, and played them in order of their release, starting from the earliest to the most recent. It naturally caused an internet storm through its original idea and skillful mixing. After one month on the net this mix had been downloaded over a 1,000,000 times. It was also played twice in a row on Mistajam's BBC 1xtra show,[7] and Radio 1 star Colin Murray split the mix up, and played a part of it every week on his show for a staggering 10 weeks.

On top of the weekly 10 Minute Mash Up Mix for the Trevor Nelson Show,[8] Jaguar Skills also had a quarterly ‘In New DJs we Trust’ slot on BBC Radio 1.[9] Jag’s ’30 years of Hip Hop’ mix proved its already timeless quality as it formed an integral part of Radio 1's Hip-Hop celebrations. Radio 1 camp continued to champion Jag as he completed his ‘Gaming Mix’ which saw him mix retro game tunes with works of some of the biggest recording artists in the world to create a unique musical experience.

Other notable mixes also include the ‘History of DnB' mix [10] and also a ‘History of Ayia Napa’ mix [11] on BBC Radio 1. This musical output led to Island Records requesting a mix for their priority artist Devlin, being commissioned to remix and produce the Renault Clio advert soundtrack, and also receiving the Gold Award 2010 @ New York Radio Awards for his BBC World Cup Mix.[12]

His mixes didn't go unnoticed and in 2011 he was invited to release his first major mix compilation on Toolroom Records.[13] The ‘Toolroom Knights Mixed by Jaguar Skills’ CD, received widespread critical acclaim and cemented his place as ‘King of the Mash-ups’. From this Jaguar Skills has also gone onto release two mix compilations for Ministry Of Sound, the 'Jaguar Skills & His Amazing Friends' Volume 1 and Volume 2.[14]

Recent Work[edit]

Jaguar Skills has consistently been a regular festival feature,[15][16][17] having forged lasting relationships with a number of high profile events across the planet. As ever Jaguar Skills continued to push boundaries on stage, and as such in 2013 introduced an impressive new 'live' show which comprised visually stunning graphics and immense interactive stage props that have enhanced his live show experience.[18][19]

The end of 2013 saw an exciting new development as Jaguar Skills was unveiled as one of the newest DJs to sign to Global, with his first ever “Jaguar Skills Shooooow” [20] launching on Capital XTRA on Friday’s at 6pm on Capital Xtra, before airing again on Capital FM at 10pm, Saturday which continues to this day.

Moving into 2014, Jaguar Skills release a special one-off project with him moving away from his normal genre-defying style and embracing his Hip-Hop roots, as he breathed fresh life into legendary US label, Nervous Records classic Hip-Hop back catalogue.[21] The compilation features 65 tracks, remixes and acappellas from Nervous’ unparalleled Hip-Hop catalogue from pioneering artists such as KRS-One, Black Moon, Mad Lion, Funkmaster Flex, Smif-N-Wessun, and more.[22]

Notably, Jaguar Skills has painstakingly reconstructed and remixed every track that features on the compilation from the original Nervous 24 track master tapes, using the same raw production techniques so as to stay true to the classic versions.

This piqued interest among Hip Hop circles, and led to Def-Jam to ask Jaguar Skills to mix their entire catalogue. His “30 Years of Def Jam” saw him mix material from the likes of Jay-Z, Redman, Kanye West, 2Chainz, Nas, Ludacris, DMX, The Roots and many more household names.[23]

2014 also saw Jag continue further down the path to producer with an EP with Chords on Andy C’s legendary RAM Records [23] The track titled “Lust” was released in October and was premiered as MistaJam's on his BBC Radio 1xtra show where Jaguar Skills gave his first ever radio interview. To compliment the release, he also turned in a ’60 minutes of RAM’ that premiered on the show,[24] featuring only music from the revered imprint’s canaverous back catalogue.

With all of this in mind, Jaguar Skills was constantly touring playing at festivals such as Parklife , Creamfields, Global Gathering, Glastonbury, Bestival, Exit, Snowbombing and many more leading festivals. He was also invited back out to tour Asia, Australia and New Zealand - specifically Japan where he headlined the legendary Womb club. But the most notable thing of 2014 was when he sold out all 3 of his dates at KOKO in London, which he also holds the record walk up for any show there.

2015 sees Jaguar Skills develop his burgeoning relationship with The Prodigy. Following supporting them at Ushuaia in 2014, they personally asked him to turn in an official remix for ‘Roadblox’ which was the fourth single from their new album.[25]

Character[edit]

Jaguar Skills famously wears a balaclava while performing. This is designed to add mystery to his persona with his name, age and hometown unknown.[1]

According to Whois Database Jaguarskills.com is Registered to an Address in Bedfordshire, UK, leading to more mystery of this caped crossfader.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jaguar Skills". Insanity Artists. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Jaguar Skills". Beatnik PR. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  3. ^ http://deckedout.linkworks.co.uk/jaguar-skills/
  4. ^ http://www.dmcworld.net/features/news/jaguar-skills/
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cOIk109K10
  6. ^ https://soundcloud.com/kwestboogienyc/a-hip-hop-odyssey-1979-2006
  7. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/mistajam/2006/12/19792006_a_hiphop_odyssey_1.shtml
  8. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/trevornelson/tracklistings.shtml
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nfvkk
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFZNuq04b0U
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRK2TVXjWg4
  12. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p008bcmv
  13. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Jaguar-Skills-Toolroom-Knights/release/3095899
  14. ^ https://www.beatport.com/release/jaguar-skills-and-his-amazing-friends-vol-1/961945
  15. ^ https://soundcloud.com/djjaguarskills/jaguar-skills-live-v-festival
  16. ^ https://soundcloud.com/djjaguarskills/jaguar-skills-bestival-2015
  17. ^ https://soundcloud.com/djjaguarskills/jaguar-skills-live-ram-stage-parklife-2015
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAK06As006U
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PggqudUTkio
  20. ^ http://www.capitalxtra.com/radio/jaguar-skills/
  21. ^ http://lifeandtimes.com/jaguar-skills-creates-audio-history-book-with-nervous-90s-hip-hop-revisited
  22. ^ https://www.beatport.com/release/nervous-90s-hip-hop-revisited/1237434
  23. ^ a b https://soundcloud.com/djjaguarskills/jaguar-skills-the-defjag-mix-30-years-of-def-jam-in-30-mins
  24. ^ https://soundcloud.com/djjaguarskills/jaguar-skills-60-minutes-of-ram
  25. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi2CIWPxcV0

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