We grab five minutes with electro maestro Jagga and get him to whip us up a weekend mix guaranteed to make you dance. Turn it up.
WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN THE SONGS ON THE MIX, WHAT DO THEY SAY TO YOU?
I wanted to choose songs that represent where my head’s at musically right now. A little dark, a little light, some emotion, some aggression, some sweetness. Having to do it with only ten songs was kind of difficult as I had loads more I wanted to pack in there… next time!
WHAT WAS TEH FIRST SONG YOU REMEMBER BUYING?
I never used to buy albums or singles when I was a kid, I didn’t get enough pocket money, but my friends and me would always swap music and lend each other CDs to burn. I think the first CD I bought was Raekwon’s ‘Only Built For Cuban Links’. Its a classic album, Rza is at his best, the production is dark and intense verging on psychotic all soaring strings and scarface samples. Raekwon is a poet, the words aren’t pretty but it feels like it all comes from a real place.
YOUR MUSIC FUSES GENRES, BUT WHICH GENRE OF MUSIC DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST?
I find it hard to say what I relate to above all else, but growing up I was always listening to a lot of hip hop, there’s something in the swing, groove and flow of producers like J Dilla and rappers like Slum Village or Meechy Darko from Flatbush Zombies that connects with me on a deeper level.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR MUSICAL INSPIRATION?
Life, my experiences, other people’s experiences, the relationships I’ve had, movies, books, the old memories that pop in to my head when I’m having bad hangovers, other people’s music, weird documentaries… When I write I often start with a concept or a kernel of truth, something that happened to me personally, then expand it and construct a story around the idea.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CURRENT STATE OF BRITISH MUSIC?
I like the fact that there are more independent internet radio stations springing up. I’ve been listening to NTS, Amazing Radio and London Fields Radio for a couple of years. They are a lot more diverse in the shows they broadcast. They give time over to alternative artists and DJs and in some cases allow artists to sell their music through the sites. When I was signed to a major label I saw how the music that is successful in this country is dictated by a few major institutions, it’s good to see that these alternatives are becoming stronger.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, AND WHY SHOULD WE BE PAYING ATTENTION?
I’m releasing new material in January, I’ll be playing more shows, and making more music, the same thing I always do no matter if anyone’s watching or not. I want to reach as many people as I can with my music, but now that I’m no longer with a major label I have the luxury of not having to see my life and music as a popularity contest.
Out of Control is released Sep 9th https://soundcloud.com/jaggamusic/jagga-out-of-control