Jet Jaguar Profile

aka Michael Upton
Martyn Pepperell
17 May 2013

Over the last 20 years, Wellington-based electronic music producer Michael Upton has performed across New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Through that time, he has released four albums, countless EPs and remixes, and made a cult name for himself through his future-forward explorations of a diverse range of electronic music styles.

Since his early experiences playing in warehouses around Wellington, to multimedia performances in Tokyo nightclubs and back again, Upton has maintained his position as one of the more inspired, inventive and consistent electronic music producers in New Zealand.

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Patio - Sofa Bunk Bed
Jet Jaguar live at Bodega, Wellington, August 2005 
Photo credit: Amanda Hinkley
Jet Jaguar live at Ruby Room, Tokyo, August 2006 
Photo credit: Amanda Hinkley
Jet Jaguar Capital Recordings promo shot 2003 
Photo credit: Amelia Handscombe
Jet Jaguar promotional blurb, 1999
Flyer, Tokyo gig
Jet Jaguar flyer for a gig at Soup, Tokyo, February 2007


Capital Recordings


Angry Rabbit

Grind Productions

Black Widow Productions

Radio Active 88.6FM

Surgery Records

Golden Bay Records

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Member of Monkey Shuffle, Patio, Dub Connection and Malty Media.

Upton has been heavily involved in online music culture since the early days of the internet. He maintains a personal music blog at

Jet Jaguar is named after a character in the movie Godzilla vs. Megalon.