I supported Madam X with Jaguar last year and since then she’s exploded into the music scene with a new job and loads of new projects. Here’s an interview I did with her to catch up on what she’s been up to this summer.
I’ve seen you’ve been massively busy with festivals this summer – how many have you done and what have been your highlights?
It’s been a pretty crazy summer haha! I think I did 11 festivals in total – some DJing alongside My Nu Leng, Barely Legal and Monki, some with work, as my day-job is with BBC Music Introducing, so I got to work on festival stages and interview people like Loyle Carner, Slaves and The Big Moon which was cool!
I had a great time at all of them! Secret Garden Party was fun, as I played on an all-female line-up in a giant boob stage, and Parklife was great too – I love playing to Northern crowds as they love to go hard!
Did you have a favourite festival out of all of them?
I played on the Smirnoff House at TRNSMT in Glasgow back in July. It’s basically a massive double-decker bus that’s fitted with speakers and amazing décor and you DJ from the top which is sick! I was there with the other Smirnoff House residents for the whole weekend which was hilarious. I vaguely remember running around Glasgow dancing to some guy playing the bagpipes in the street. I’ve also re-kindled my love for Smirnoff Ices now. Who knew.
But I’ve become really good friends with the other Smirnoff DJs now and
we’ve built up a nice little network which is the best thing about it. The crowd were sick too! On the Friday I warmed up for Monki, and it was absolutely packed for my entire set, with everyone was going for it, which was such a great feeling! We all just stayed on the bus all weekend hanging out and dancing to each other’s sets (and drinking more Smirnoff Ice obvs). Got to meet Nightwave and Jasper James too which was sick.
Sounds so good! How did you first get into working for BBC Introducing and Mixmag?
So I started with the BBC over three years ago now. When I was 19 I did an internship for Radio 1 and 1Xtra which kind of changed everything. I was still at uni in Leeds at the time, and first got into everything through student radio, but this opportunity opened my eyes to the whole world of music and broadcasting in a professional sense. I was determined to keep working for the BBC after my internship finished, so ended up coming back whenever I could to help with stuff, and eventually was sent over a job application to work as a Team Assistant for Introducing about a year and a half ago. Because I was still based in the North, I worked on the Introducing show in Sheffield which was so fun! I became fully immersed in a new scene and it was great to champion so many amazing artists like Coco and Fizzy Blood and I got to make a documentary about Sheffield’s street scene which I’m pretty proud of.
I started at Mixmag as an intern around two years ago, then went back there a few months later for our weekly office-party – The Lab, and they asked me to work the following week! I then became a freelancer and wrote for the website while I was still at uni. When I moved to London earlier this year I started to get more involved and a few months ago they asked me to start hosting The Lab which is I’m getting used to now, but was a bit mad!
Who’s been your favourite set in the Mixmag lab since you’ve been working there?
There have been so many times that I’ve come out like ‘That was the BEST Lab ever!!!’ because there have been so many sick ones. Rex The Dog did a mad set with his synth and weird techy beats, Flava D was big, and Erick Morillo was great – he gave me some of his Peruvian tequila just before he started playing haha. The Lab is fun like that, and everyone’s up for it because it’s a Friday!
I saw you went to some of the Normal Not Novelty workshops – what was it like for those who missed out?!
Normal Not Novelty is one of the best communities I’ve ever been a part of. For those that don’t know, every month the Red Bull Studios host an evening of workshops in DJing, music production and sound engineer FOR women and BY women. They’ve started doing it in Bristol, Manchester and Leeds too, and the calibre of guests has been so high, with people like Madam X, Hannah V, Jade Avia, Mina, Coco Cole, and Clara Amfo’s talk at the most recent one was really enlightening.
It’s just a chance to bring all the aspiring girls in music together, make new friends over some bevs, and be inspired to go that extra mile in whatever it is that you’re passionate about. I’ve made some great friends from it who I’ve later worked with on stuff too – so that’s living proof that it works! I’d definitely recommend it to any girl who is interested in music. Make sure you check it out.
How’s your Reprezent Radio slot been going? How regularly are you doing it? What guests have you got lined up?
So I’ve just launched a new show on Reprezent Radio! I absolutely love the vibe down there. It’s a real hub with some amazing taste-makers and creatives. My show is every other Saturday 9-11PM and it’s all about having fun and bringing the vibes to the speakers with the most cutting-edge new bangers in the house, techno, disco realms. There’s not a lot of house on the station, so hopefully it will stand out a bit J I’ve got HAAi joining me on the next show (23rd Sept) which will be sick, so keep an ear out for that.
Who are some of your favourite DJs or producers right now?
I’m loving Bicep’s album and Lindstrøm’s LP is great too! Love Fatima Yamaha, Lauren Lo Sung and there’s a duo called Prospa that I’m obsessed with, and everything Denis Sulta touches I instantly adore. Then of course there’s my stables: Black Madonna, B.Traits, Monki, Annie Mac…
What have you got planned for the rest of 2017?
Now that summer’s over, I’m focusing on my radio show, getting some great guests in and just becoming more immersed in the London scene. I’ve barely been here the past few months, due to all the festivals, so I’m super excited to be about! I’m DJing a lot around London/Leeds too! My next gig is at Dalston Superstore on 29th September which is going to be a vibe.
Big love to Jaguar, if you want to check her out here’s some links, don’t forget to tune into Reprezent radio this weekend for her new saturday night slot.
Jaguar live on Reprezent Radio!
Jaguar in MixLab, watch here!
Watch Jaguar live at Parklife here!