Introduce yourself and tell us about the part of the UK you’re from?
Hey, I’m Jaguar! I’ve lived all over the place in the UK – I grew up on a tiny island called Alderney in the Channel Islands, which can have a pretty lively party scene when it wants to! Now I live in London but spent 3 years in Leeds where I went to university. It was there where I started DJing and putting on nights.
Tell us about some of your British DJ heroes?
I have so many! I’m a massive DJ Harvey fan because he’s such a dude! I’m inspired by Annie Mac’s musical empire she’s built to promote UK music. Production-wise I love George Fitzgerald and Dusky, who are consistently impressive. Always have love for Eats Everything too!
What have you been working on recently?
So I currently host a biweekly show at Reprezent Radio in Brixton, London. I have loved growing that and inviting my favourite DJs down to play records. I also present Mixmag’s weekly office party – The Lab LDN – which is always fun. Alongside that, I am playing nights around the UK, curating mixes, and having a great time while I do so!
Tell us about the mix, how did you put it together, what did you want to represent?
I loved putting this mix together. It reflects what I’m influenced by and listening to right now. I wanted to showcase my broader tastebuds with a mixture of electronic styles. I’m all about the feel good disco ethos, so there’s some groovers on there from Crazy P and DJ Spen. There’s sleazy basslines from Waxwings & Laolu, there’s breaks from Ejeca, there’s euphoric techno from Anna, Eli & Fur… I made sure the mix ends with that sick Kidnap track on the same progressive tip as it began with Four Tet’s Bicep remix. It’s a real journey for the ears and I hope you love it!
Talk us through the British music featured in this mix? Which British artists are you most excited about?
I opened the mix with Four Tet’s sublime remix of Bicep’s ‘Opal’. I was obsessed with the original when it was released on their album last year, but I think this rework is stunning. I’ve also included Waxwings – one of my fave producers at the moment who is doing big things. Also included Mella Dee’s ‘Cloud One’ – I’ve been a fan of his work for years and it’s amazing to see him blowing up! Peach is another producer I’m feeling at the moment, their ‘Silky’ track I used in the mix is banging.
What is on the cards in the immediate future?
I’ve got a few plans for later on this year that I’m working on… but for now, focusing on my radio show and DJ sets. I’ve also just announced that I’m playing Reasons Festival this summer in Jersey, so it will be nice to go back to the Channel Islands!
Where is the best place in the world you have DJ’d and why?
For me it’s Leeds. Every time I come back here there’s a sense of homecoming. I played a headline gig at a club called Wire earlier this year and it was a lovely feeling to be playing a club I went to so many times as a student. I’d always go to rave there and see my favourite DJs. Big up Leeds each and every time!