Crate Diggers: DJ Jaguar Skills

To be honest, I had no idea who Jaguar Skills was until I watched this episode of Crate Diggers. If you are like me, don't let your lack of familiarity with Jaguar Skills deter you from this episode. Expect the same quality crate diggin stories and vinyl porn that you've come to expect from the series. I actually searched through soundcloud to listen to some mixes by Jaguar Skills, but didn't really hear anything that tickled my fancy. Please feel free to post/email links to more quality Jaguar Skill mixes if any of you are more familiar with this deejay . Curious as to what this guy has to offer.

Not much is known about the mysterious British DJ who goes by Jaguar Skills. But that's changing dramatically with the latest episode of Fuse's digital series, Crate Diggers, where he gives his first-ever on-camera interview. Throughout the 13-minute clip, he covers his face with his balaclava (which he wears when performing) and disguises his voice with a modifier (like the ones used when key witnesses give interviews), but fans of his intense cut-n-paste style will love this.

"You don't need to know what I look like," he says. "It's my music and my production is all that I want you to know about."

"I'm a f-cking ninja, man," he adds, jokingly. "That's why I wear a mask."

Jaguar Skills' love for and extensive knowledge of music and vinyl stems from where a lot of us learn about our sonic heroes: his upbringing. "When I was growing up, it was [my dad.] He was DJ on the radio a lot," he says. "He would have record sales and people would buy records. My whole house was covered in records. I memorized a lot of the covers, just by walking around."

Check out the episode above to learn what type of album Jaguar Skills dropped 500 British pounds on, his early purchases, how his dad's collection influenced his sample skills and much more.


pipomixes said...

I like how Crate Diggers are doing the UK DJs now... There's a Jaguar Skills mix called Revenge of the Ninja from about 10 years ago that I used to listen to a lot, it's good stuff. I can't find a link of it but I've got it somewhere so I can hook you up with it.

Back in the 90s he used to be Mat Ckillz and he ran a magazine called Fatboss that was pretty entertaining... he was on a reality TV show about Londoners around the same time too, which showed him dealing with putting out a hip hop magazine.

These days he's pretty big time - he's been doing mixes on BBC Radio 1 for a few years and his shows are popular.

I feel like Jaguar Skills biographer, ha!

pipomixes said...

here's a DL link for the Revenge of the Ninja mix