We caught up with Jaguar, 24 year old DJ and broadcaster for BBC Music Introducing and Reprezent Radio.
Known for her expert curation and ear for new music, Jaguar has been making serious waves in the industry. She now champions up-and-coming talent as well as hosting her own nights across the UK.
Follow her on Instagram: @jaguarworldwide
You can catch Jaguar in Manchester on 2nd November at the at the Warehouse Project. She is playing as part of the Annie Mac Presents Halloween Spectacular lineup.
We chatted to Jaguar to find out a little about her music, favourite nights out and dream collaborations…
Hey Jaguar, great to meet you. Tell us a little about yourself…
Hi there! I’m Jaguar, a 24 year old DJ and broadcaster for BBC Music Introducing and Reprezent Radio. I grew up in The Channel Islands, but have lived in London for the past 3 years, and lived in Leeds before that. When I’m not presenting radio shows or DJing, you can usually find me chilling with my mates or crying over how cute whippets are (my new obsession).
How did it all start for you?
I’ve always been a music fan! When I was a kid it was mainly contemporary stuff that I was listening to – I was always the one making the playlists for parties on my iPod Classic (fyi I miss my iPod – rip x).
But my love for electronic music started when I went first properly went raving in my late teens at uni in Leeds, which led me to start digging into its history and different scenes, collecting music, and then curating.
Leeds is where I first started doing radio too, and since I was playing a lot of electronic music, I then decided to start mixing, which eventually led to me DJing at house parties, then in clubs around the city. I just picked it up because I enjoyed it initially; I never thought I’d end up DJing as part of my career, but I love and cherish every second of it!
How would you describe your sound?
My DJ sets are energetic, pumping, and dedicated to making you dance! The mood completely varies, but I play a wide range of house, techno, disco, breaks and glitchy stuff too.
What does a day in the life of Jaguar look like?
Every day is different – which I why I love what I do. The beginning of the week is usually chilled and made up of meetings or I’ll go into the BBC Music Introducing HQ for a couple of days to work with the central team there. My Introducing role includes listening to new music on the BBC uploader, liaising with new artists and sending tracks over to other DJs at Radio 1, 1Xtra and 6 Music. On Thursdays, I head to BBC Three Counties to host my BBC Music Introducing show – which is a new music show that supports emerging artists of all genres. We have live sessions and interviews too, so the show is always dynamic and really fun. On Saturday nights I’ll head to Brixton to host my Reprezent Radio show, and I usually have a full crew made of my mates in the studio with me, and DJs come down to do live mixes on the show. It’s a proper vibe! After that, I’ll probably head out to a club to either play a gig or have a night out.
What night out has been the most memorable for you?
I’ve had a few iconic nights out, but one of my faves was a couple of years ago when I was out in Leeds as a student. I went to Canal Mills and saw Joy Orbison play for the first time. It was the first time I’d been to a big club and I loved every second of it. I remember the bass pulsing through me and feeling the music in my whole body. That’s when I completely fell in love with dance music.
What track never gets old, no matter how many times you hear it?
Bicep – Just. It makes me so emotional and reminds me of when I used to go out at uni.
What artists are you most excited about for 2020? Who should we be looking out for?
There are SO MANY incredible acts coming out of the UK right now. I have been discovering so many new dance music producers from the BBC Uploader who have gone on to be supported by Annie Mac, Danny Howard and Pete Tong on Radio 1.
You should check out Blueprint, India Jordan, Emily Nash, Tibasko and Elkka – all of them making really great records. Some of the acts I’ve supported on my Three Counties show are amazing also, you should definitely be checking out JGrrey, Weird Milk, Byfyn. I’m excited about this new wave of British talent!
Who’s your dream person to collab with?
Would love to link up with Honey Dijon! I still haven’t met her and she is an ICON!
QUICKFIRE QUESTIONS WITH JAGUAR:
What’s you most used emoji? 😻
What item of clothing can’t you live without? Black DMs
What’s your favourite snack? Salt and vinegar anything
Who’s your style inspiration? Adwoa Aboah
What’s coming up on your agenda?
You can catch me at Tobacco Dock for BBC Music Introducing Live on 1st Nov and at The Warehouse Project for Annie Mac’s Halloween night on 2nd Nov in Manchester.
I’ve also just dropped the first episode of a podcast I’ve been working on over summer with Red Bull Music. It goes behind the scenes at UK festivals and events brands such as Annie Mac Presents, Fabric and Boomtown and gives you the inside scoop from promoters, artists and punters.
You can listen to it here:
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