Jack Revill, better known as Jackmaster, is a Scottish DJ from Glasgow. He is a co-founder of the record label and club night Numbers as well as Wireblock, Dress 2 Sweat and Point.One Recordings.
He is renowned for his in-depth and diverse music taste and ability to mix a multitude of different genres as well as being 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.
Revill was taught to DJ by his best friend Calum Morton (a.k.a. Spencer) at the age of 13 and spent much of his teenage years DJing in bars and clubs around Glasgow – by the time Revill was 17 he was a resident at Glasgow techno institution Monox and promoting his own club-nights alongside 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.
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.
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, Dekmantel, Bestival, T In The Park and Dimensions Festival.
In 2014 Revill became the third DJ to host the residency series at London’s XOYO club. He curated a diverse lineup of acts that included Moodymann, Joy Orbison, Tale Of Us, Dance Mania and DJ Slimzee among others.
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