With the likes of Mark Ronson, Lupe Fiasco, Trevor Nelson and Chris Moyles unable to get enough of the original ninja - Mr Jaguar Skills - the rise (and rise) of this ground-breaking artist has been well documented. Honing his craft and love of music for the last 15 years Jag has remained true to his school and kept a mysterious edge to his character; with details of his real name, age and home town etc left largely unconfirmed…
Using his Japanese contacts, Jaguar Skills first gained recognition by producing a mixtape CD for fashion label Maharishi. 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. The next few years saw Jag build his DJ profile, playing at various places across London including ‘Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes’ in an arty east London bar; an uber-cool soiree that played everything from Hip-Hop, to Rock, Ragga to Disco. Here he pushed his signature sound of lightning speed mixing to fans on a regular basis.
Catching the ears of fashionista Jade Jagger, Jaguar Skills was invited to become a resident at her world famous Jezebel parties globally, from Ibiza to Russia and Hong Kong. Following a quick production for US mega rapper Lupe Fiasco called ‘We Love You’, Jag put out a mixtape that would send him his profile into the stratosphere: "1979-2006: A Hip-Hop Odyssey - 800 Tracks In 45 Minutes". A never been done before project, he mixed every Hip-Hop hit from 1979 to 2006, and played them in order of their release, from the first ever Hip-Hop record to the latest one to date. It naturally caused an internet storm and through its original idea and skillful mixing. After one month on the net this monstrous mix had been downloaded over a MILLION times. It was also played twice in a row on Mistajam's BBC 1xtra show 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.
2009 saw Jag complete a monumental gig schedule that took in the likes of Bestival, V Festival, Snowbombing, T in the Park and clubs such as Pacha London and Fabric! It was rounded off with his ‘Vodka Ninja Tour’ at a series of Revolution bars across the UK. On top of the weekly 10 Minute Mash Up Mix for the Trevor Nelson Show the original ninja also has a quarterly ‘In New DJs we Trust’ slot on BBC Radio 1! 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. The love from the Radio 1 camp continued as Jag 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. That year also saw Jag launched his merchandise store via his website where fans of the original ninja can pick up the latest T-Shirts emblazoned with the Ninja DJ catchphrase ‘HoooooooooooOOOOOOO’
2010 was another blockbuster year for Jag. A hectic festival schedule saw him play Glastonbury, Bestival as one of their residents, the main stage at Global Gathering, Nassfest (for which he was nominated for the Virtual Festivals Critics Choice Award), Isle of Wight Festival, Reading and V North. He also found time to play to sell-out crowds on his ‘Smash Up Tour’ of the UK. He additionally made it to Ibiza twice, where he smashed up sets at the Radio 1 Big Weekend w/ Cream @ Amnesia and also the legendary Judgement Sundays!
When not at gigs, Jag was pretty much locked in his top secret ninja studio producing a constant stream of mixes. Notably this yeah saw him put out a ‘History of DnB mix’ and also a ‘History of Ayia Napa’ Mix on Radio 1, along with five ‘In New DJ’s We Trust’ mixes. This musical output led to Island Records requesting a mix for their priority artist Devlin, being commissioned to remix and produce an upcoming Renault Clio advert soundtrack, and also receiving the Gold Award 2010 @ New York Radio Awards for his BBC World Cup Mix!
2011 will see Jaguar Skills release a mix for Urban Outfitters, and also some of his own original ninja productions. As ever, the masked DJ will be taking his mesmerising sets to a string of larger capacity venues on his ‘Revenge of the Ninja’ tour’ – which is organized to accommodate audiences of three to four times that of previous gigs. He will of course be back on the UK festival circuit with more high profile slots. Mr.Skills is also set to hit Ibiza at Come Together and Ibiza Rocks, and is also planning some big international gigs. No wonder he is in The Red Pages ‘Top 100 people to watch in 2011’.
So make sure you stay locked in with the rest of the Jaguar Skills army to hear an impending aural assault of every tempo; from hip-hop to drum n bass, and everything in-between.
Don’t take our word for it…
"Jaguar Skills, like myself, is a proper ninja! He's dope!!!" Mark Ronson
"HooooOOO!!! Jag Skills is my ninja!" Lupe Fiasco - Artist
"The greatest Mash-Up DJ right now, no one does it better. Mr Jaguar Skills is Mash-Up Royalty!" Trevor Nelson - BBC Radio One & 1xtra
"Just brilliant" Chris Moyles BBC Radio 1
"Shout out to a real superman DJ,with the heaviest production skills to match. One of The next homegrown producers to go global with his sound. Probably." Ras Kwame - BBC Radio 1 & 1xtra.
"Jag Skills definitely the future of the funk a man with pure vibes vibrations......" Femi Fem DJ / Producer
***TOOLROOM KNIGHTS MIXED BY JAGUAR SKILLS - 19th JUNE 2O11***