November 13 2017

Electronic Groove sits down with Jackmaster: “Detroit and Chicago have a special place in my heart”

Over the last years, Jackmaster, aka Glasgow’s Jack Revill, has established himself as one of the most admired and in demand DJs in the world. Electronic Groove had the chance to talk to him. 

A product of the underground, his independent spirit remains intact, while he is equally at home sharing centre-stage with the likes of Seth Troxler and Jamie Jones at DC10 in Ibiza or Ben UFO and Mike Servito at a Numbers warehouse party in London. His lack of musical prejudice, and open-minded approach and ability to adapt to any given situation, underpinned by a knowledge of underground house and techno bordering on the obsessive, are just some of the reasons why year after year he has retained his popularity with the masses. An equally important factor is his wide-ranging taste, and ability to surprise: something that makes it impossible to know for certain which musical direction his sets will take. It is also worth pointing out that Jackmaster is one of a handful of DJs on the international scene who has remained at the top without the need to produce or remix, relying almost exclusively on his innate skills and talent on the decks to thrive and prosper. You never know exactly what you’re going to hear with Jackmaster.

We had the chance to talk with him as he’s starting today a 12-gig tour through the United States.

Electronic Groove: Hi Jackmaster, thanks for taking the time to chat with us. You are about to embark on your first ‘Mastermix’ US tour. What are your expectations on this one?Jackmaster: Thanks for having me. It’s really weird but an exciting feeling to be doing this tour! What all started with a mixtape back in 2009 has now ended up in becoming an 11-date tour through the US. It’s a huge deal and feels amazing to be doing this but it all seems a bit mad still when I think about it.

EG: What’s the ‘Mastermix’ concept’? Can you name some of the guests you are playing with during the tour?
Jackmaster: As I said Mastermix has naturally turned into an event series from a mix I did yearly. We’ve done a bunch of shows in the UK and throughout Europe but nothing on the scale of this tour. On these dates there are some amazing acts joining me; from those that inspired me when I was working at Rubadub as a kid as well as some good friends I’ve made whilst touring. Booking E-Dance was a prime example of one of my early influences. That’s a big one ticked off the list. Then we have Honey Dijon who’s just a huge inspiration in general, the don Marcelus Pittman, my bro tags and so many more.

Read the full interview on Electronic Groove