Jaguar Skills is one of the UK’s most singular music talents. Peerless behind the decks yet with his anonymity still intact, he consistently impresses on the club and festival circuit, delighting ravers with his technically flawless sets and encyclopedic knowledge of drum and bass, hip-hop and everything in between. In the studio, his evolution continues into a producer of A-list quality.
In 2018 he continues to explore multi-genre mixing – with which his name is now synonymous – through a packed touring schedule and his own productions. February will see a new release – ‘The Miseducation of a Hip Hop Boss’ – from which ‘Levelz feat. Double S’ was chosen as DJ Target’s esteemed Targo Embargo on BBC Radio 1xtra. Also featuring are guest vocals from Roll Deep’s Saskilla, Milli Major of Bloodline and FACE. This EP follows hot on the heels of last year’s ‘Shadow King’, a collaborative venture with Futurebound, and arrives after the critically acclaimed ‘Fly feat. Wide Awake’, which Red Bull labelled a ‘sky-scraping anthem’ and found support from tastemaker publications including Indie Shuffle and Guardian Guide.
2017 also saw a string of festival appearances including boundary pushing shows at Bestival, Reading/Leeds. Latitude and Sundown, as well as headline London shows at XOYO, The Nest and Koko. Topping it all off was a genre-bending show at Tinie Tempah’s Disturbing London event in Ibiza.
Over the years, Jaguar Skills has delivered with various exciting projects, largely via his stunning mixes of personal edits and mash-ups. He has also worked with a host of recognized institutions including Maharishi, Urban Outfitters, Carling, Renault, and of course BBC Radio 1, on which his weekly primetime 10 minute mini-mix was aired.
Well-respected in the hip-hop world, he created the world record-breaking ‘History Of Hip-Hop’: 600 classic Hip-Hop records, played in order of release, from 1979 to 2006 in 60 minutes. Gaining the attention of MTV, the mix was downloaded more than 3 million times, making it one of the most heralded Hip-Hop mixtapes of all time.
Jaguar Skills’ first major compilation – ‘Toolroom Knights Mixed by Jaguar Skills’ – was released via Toolroom Records and received widespread critical acclaim, cementing his place at the forefront of multi-genre mixing. To round-off that fantastic year, he was featured in The Red Pages ‘Top 100 people to watch in 2012’ and was also given the accolade of being asked to produce a series of oneoff mixes for Radio 1 to celebrate 25 years of Pete Tong and the Essential Selection, as well as ‘The History Of D&B’, featuring Skibbadee, which featured every ground breaking D&B record ever produced.
Numerous sell out tours spanning the UK, North America and Australia bridged the gap before his second compilation on Ministry Of Sound, titled ‘Jaguar Skills And His Amazing Friends Vol 1’, was released. ‘Volume 2’ quickly followed, further establishing his role as one of the world’s leading multi- genre Bass DJs. In 2013 he was unveiled as one of the newest DJs to sign to Global, with his first ever “Jaguar Skills Shooooow” on Capital XTRA. The following year saw the release of a special one-off project, 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. The compilation features 65 tracks from pioneering artists such as KRS-One, Black Moon, Mad Lion, Funkmaster Flex, Smif-N- Wessun, with Jaguar Skills painstakingly reconstructing and remixing every track that features on the compilation from the original Nervous 24 track master tapes.
Naturally this piqued interest among Hip Hop circles, and led to Def-Jam requesting the mix-master’s skills for their own 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. He continued further down the path to becoming a fully-fledged producer with an EP with Chords on Andy C’s legendary RAM Records. Titled ‘Lust’ and released in October, the released featured the vocal talents of Matti Roots, the release to specialist radio by storm. To compliment the release, the original ninja also turned in a ’60 minutes of RAM’ that premiered on MistaJam’s 1Xtra show.
After years of developing his talents, 2016 saw Jaguar Skills evolve into a producer of absolute authority. ‘Reload That’ from his Viper Recordings Ready To Rock EP and the follow up ‘Stop Drop Bounce’ were supported by tastemakers SBTV and RWD online and DJ Target and Mistajam. ‘Reload That’ went on to hit the B-List at Radio 1Xtra, and was later released at ‘Reload That: Reloaded, with guest vocals from Example, Tempa T and Big Narstie alongside Milli Major’s original contribution.