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Interview: Jaguar Skills

2nd June 2011

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No one really knows Jaguar Skills, the masked master of the mash-up. Slicing up tunes like an audio ninja Mr Skills never fails to lay waste to a crowd. TNS parlayed with the DJ ninja...

The story of Jaguar Skills is a really long one – but here’s the short version.

Jaguar SkillsDJ'd in Old Street, London, at a club called DREAM BAGS JAGUAR SHOES. Then went to Ibiza, met up with Jade Jagger, started doing parties with her company, Jezebel, came back to the UK after a few years, met Zane Lowe, he gave a mix of mine to the BBC, and pow, a ninja is born!

The mystery surrounding your identity is such a key part of your character, rumours are that only a small handful of people know the real Mr Skills, does it get difficult having to be so secretive and hidden all the time or do you like having the opportunity to live two lives?

Not hard at all. It's great. I have two very different lives and I like that. I designed it that way.

What about being approached in the street do you like avoiding all that or do you ever wish you could get mobbed by a group of 100 screaming, love struck girls just for showing your face outdoors?

Jaguar Skills get's mobbed in the clubs all the time. The other dude, the guy without the mask, couldn't think of anything worse than that. I sound like a real head-case, don't I? Ha!

Talking of girls, would your ideal woman also be shrouded in mystery, or would you somewhat ironically go for a limelight lover?

Jaguar Skills hasn't time for anything apart from DJing and rocking a crowd.  

Do you know any actual ninja style martial arts?

I can choke the s**t outta you right now, if you want?

Tell us what the daily routine of a ninja is like?

Wake, a 15 mile sprint, 30 mins Yoga, then Yogurt, then to the studio, in the Jag-Mobile, to make a mix. I usually make three mixes a day. Then back to the hideout - eat sushi, beat someone on Xbox, then into the car again to rock the club. Repeat till fade....

The Revenge of The Ninja tour that you are doing this year, tell us about that, what dates and venues you’ve got scheduled?

Well, it's almost done now. But been all around the UK to sell out crowds. It's been amazing. A real dream and I couldn't have wished for more. The peeps who come to a show, really know how to get down! It's been mosh-pit madness!
What else can we expect from you in 2011, any exciting new projects or artists you’re hoping to work with?

Working on a compilation for Toolroom records at the moment - very exciting.
What festivals have you got planned for 2011 and will you be making an Ibiza appearance?

Hopefully doing a load of festivals over the summer. I just LOVE festivals. I'm a festival DJ at heart.

You and your mixes have become a key part of the Radio 1 team, what’s that like and who are the best people to work with down at Radio 1 headquarters?
Radio 1 have been amazing to me. I love working for Radio 1and it's still a real buzz when I hear something of mine on the radio. There's nothing really like it. I work so hard to try and make sure each and everyone one of my mixes is up to a level, and the BBC really give me some great things to work on and make.
What tune can you see always being in your selection for live gigs, everyone seems to have one or two that they will probably still be playing in 10 years?

‘One Step Beyond’ by Madness. I think I played that at almost every gig I've ever done. A weird record I know, but it seems to the end....

Who do you think gets hotter under their masks, you or Deadmau5?

Me. Deadmau5 takes his off. Plus it's got million dollar golden fans, cooling his handsome face. My mask is like wearing a wet pair of kickers around your face. Which, I guess could be fun, if you're into that....

Best gig you’ve ever played

Hmm? Bestival last year was pretty bonkers...

Anywhere you haven’t played yet that you’d like to?


Favourite festival?


Finally, which other DJ is the most fun/crazy to party with after a show?

I hear Pat Sharp is a nutter when the camera's off him.....

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