Review: Jaguar Skills at Portsmouth Guildhall

Jaguar Skills
Jaguar Skills
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It’s hard to describe Jaguar Skills to the uninitiated. He’s a self-styled ninja DJ, an anonymous man who shields his face behind a ninja mask during his performances.

And performances they are, too. His stage presence is mesmerising, and the energy he brings to his set is palpable. He is a mash-up DJ, playing tune after tune from a huge range of eras and genres in such quick succession it’ll make your head spin. Saturday’s gig was no exception. On stage shortly before 12.30am his arrival was eagerly anticipated by the far from capacity crowd, who’d been excellently warmed up by Portsmouth’s own DJ Tommy Lee and US act DJ@War.

The trademark theme tune from Thames Television in the 80s played Jaguar Skills in, and from then on it was a whistle-stop tour through some of the artists who most influenced the DJ.

It was a journey through reggae, and hip hop; from hard house and chart, via ska punk segued into Daft Punk, featuring snippets from Marvin Gaye and Rage Against the Machine, mixed and merged with astonishing speed.