Jackmaster : 1 of the most admired DJs in the world

Jackmaster, one of the most admired and in demand DJs in the world, culminating in him being voted #2 in the Resident Advisor Top 100 DJ Poll in 2016.


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Over the last six years, Jackmaster, aka Glasgow’s Jack Revill, has established himself as one of the most admired and in demand DJs in the world, culminating in him being voted #2 in the Resident Advisor Top 100 DJ Poll in 2016.

Jack Revill is the co-founder of the record label and club night Numbers as well as Wireblock, Dress 2 Sweat, Point.One Recordings, Seldom Felt and TDSR.

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He is renowned for his in-depth and diverse music taste and ability to mix a multitude of different genres. He is one of a few examples of a DJ known primarily as a DJ (rather than a producer), alongside Hessle Audio’s Ben UFO and Rinse FM’s Oneman.

He is renowned for his in-depth and diverse music taste and ability to mix a multitude of different genres. He is one of a few examples of a DJ known primarily as a DJ (rather than a producer), alongside Hessle Audio’s Ben UFO and Rinse FM’s Oneman.

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.

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Revill was taught to DJ by his dearest companion  Calum Morton (a.k.a. Spencer) at  13 years old and spent a lot of his teen years DJing in bars and clubs around Glasgow – when Revill was 17 he was an occupant at Glasgow techno foundation Monox and advancing his own club-evenings close by Spencer.

He began working at the world-renowned record shop Rubadub in Glasgow at the age of 14 where, rather than asking for money he was paid one record per hours work,though – after leaving school at 16 – he began working full at time at Rubadub distribution. It was while working at the shop that Revill was given the nickname Jackmaster in reference to the popular term “Jackmaster” coined in the Chicago House music scene in the late 80s.

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He adopted the alias Jackmaster as his DJ moniker in slots on local radio station Radio Magnetic with early mentor Claude Young from Detroit. At the time he had no DJ name and asked to use his birth name, but Claude and Spencer advised he used the name Jackmaster and it stuck.

Revill was awarded ‘Breakthrough DJ’ at DJ Magazine‘s Best Of British Awards in 2010

In 2011, after his Numbers label hosted a series of parties at fabric nightclub in London, Revill was asked by the London clubbing institution to mix and curate FabricLive.57. The mix was received with critical acclaim receiving 4.5 out of 5 on Resident Advisor.

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Revill has played at a number of clubbing institutions such as fabric, Circo Loco at DC10, The Warehouse Project, Output, Berghain, Trouw and Sub Club, as well as festivals such as Glastonbury Festival, Unknown, Lost Village Festival, Dekmantel, Bestival, T In The Park and Dimensions Festival.

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He curated a diverse lineup of acts that included Moodymann, Joy Orbison, Tale Of Us, Dance Mania and DJ Slimzee.

In December 2014 Revill was voted ‘Best DJ’ in the DJ Magazine Best of British Awards as well as coming 11th in Resident Advisor‘s prestigious ‘Top 100 DJs of 2014’ poll, a poll where he came 5th and 2nd in the following years. He also embarked upon a highly prestigious residency slot on BBC Radio 1 in August of the same year, joining other DJs such as Grimes, James Blake and Bonobo.

In November 2016 Revill was awarded the SSE Scottish Music Awards Sub Club Electronic Music Award. Making him the first winner of the new category within the historic and prestigious Scottish Music Awards.His victory came as part of an event organised to raise funds for Scotland’s only music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins.

In April 2017 Revill was awarded the Tennents Golden Can Award for Contributions to Scottish Culture, placing him beside Scottish legends such as author Irvine Welsh, singer Biffy Clyro and footballer Andy Robertson.


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