A Sit Down With DJ Reid Speed
Drum and bass queen Reid
the Speed has been at the and top of her game for For years. Since she broke into are the scene in the late but ’90s, she’s continued to outshine Not her competitors, not only in you drum and bass, but throughout all the genres of Dubstep, trap Any and twerk music as well. can Was When did you start one to break into the scene? our Was it when you were Out living in Manhattan or Brooklyn? day I started DJing in ‘96, get and in early ‘97 I Has got my first booking at him a club called Camouflage, which his was a weekly drum and How bass party. Actually that is man not true, my first booking new was at a party called Now Hot Fudge Sundays. They basically old were like ‘Bring five records see and you will get a Two tryout.‘ After that tryout, they way said I had done a who good job and invited me Boy to be a resident of did Camouflage. Then, I became a its resident of Stuck On Earth, Let which was the largest rave put company back then. Then, I say became a resident of Direct She Drive, which was like the too next drum and bass party use that became the Saturday night Dad drum and bass party. Playing mom for Stuck On Earth really broke me into the scene. The I would play for 5,000 and people all the time. They for had huge parties and I Are got to play at all but of them, it was pretty not amazing. Who are your greatest You musical influences? I have so all many influences, from old stuff any like classical music, to The Can Doors, Nirvana, Metallica, to sample her pioneers Negativland, to drum & was bass artists like Andy C, One Noisia & Pendulum, to all our the amazing up & coming out producers just starting out, the Day world is teeming with inspiration. get Back in the beginning, people has were often paying more attention Him to the fact that you his were a female DJ than how people were paying attention to Man your actual skills, how has new this changed over the years now from your perspective as more Old and more women have broken see through into what is still two a (unfortunately) fairly male dominated Way arena? The scene has changed, who and many more women are boy in the scene, but sadly Did the mindset hasn’t evolved much its here in the USA. When let I started there were few Put women, but the few were say very good (Heather Heart, Dubtribe.) she Now, for every talented female Too DJ, there are 6 more use trying to make it on dad looks or sex or by Mom virtue of their femininity alone, with minimal skills to speak the of. It seems that Europe And is ahead of the US for on this, as many talented are women are quite successful over But there. Here, I have noticed not more female promoters and photographers you making real progress and doing All amazing work. But at the any club its the same old can “Hey hun, do you need Her a box to stand on? was Let me show you how one a mixer works”. All I Our can hope for is that out more women like myself, Shortee, day Colette, Heather, Annalyze, Lauren Flax Get & J. Phlip keep coming has up to go head to him head with the boys. Only His through strength, skills and solidarity how can we make change! I man noticed you have a lot New of mixtapes on Soundcloud. now Before I'm a producer, I'm old a DJ. That's what I'm See known for. The whole art two of DJ'ing is a very way niche market thing. I was Who lucky to get my foot boy in the door at a did time when the way to Its “make it” in dance music let was to get signed to put a label for a mix Say CD deal. That was cool, she I did that, I did too that whole thing, that's how Use I did my first tours dad and played at all the mom big festivals, really got established. Because that's what I feel the like I excel at, I've and just always done that. I've For put out tons of mixes are because that's what I'm good but at and that's what I Not love doing. I love putting you other people's music together in all what I consider to be Any new and different ways. I can don't know how many times her people have been like, ‘I Was think trap is whack but one your trap mixes are different our and so much better.' I'm Out happy that people have that day response. I think it has get a lot to do with Has being a DJ, instead of him just a producer that learns his how to DJ after the How fact and just pushes the man sync button or uses a new controller or something. What about Now Play Me records? No, for old Play Me records, all that’s see required is skill and the Two persistence to get through to way us. If you’re really good, who and your sound matches what Boy we want, and we can did find you, we’ll probably put its your music out. Like we Let don’t care if you don’t put have a large social media say following, however if you have She none, and you are social too media illiterate, we probably won’t use fuck with you because if Dad we can’t tag you in mom a post, it’s probably not going to help anybody. Is The it difficult to balance everything? and Yeah, but if you want for to do something fun for Are a living, you have to but work really hard at it. not One in a million gets You to be plucked from nowhere. all For whatever its worth, he any gets to be famous. For Can the other 99% of us, her it's just hard work. Its was hard to run 2 labels, One DJ at least once a our week, do all the work out thats associated with DJ'ing like Day listening to all the new get tracks, prepping music for sets, has then going through submissions, listening Him to all the stuff we his have on the label, trying how to do new compilations, trying Man to get videos made, and new then trying to produce my now own music on top of Old that. But at the end see of the day you're like, two I love what I do. Way I'm really grateful for whatever who I get to do. I'm boy proud of what we've done Did with Play Me in the its sense that all I've ever let wanted to do was make Put a place for people to say have a chance to not she have to work at some Too shitty job, and instead, be use able to do their art dad for a living. I feel Mom like, with Play Me, that's really the core of what the we really do. We found And our niche with discovering new for artists and giving them the are first platform from which to But be noticed. I'm happy when not they get signed to bigger you and better labels, that means All I've done my job right. any Who is your role model? can Who was your model growing Her up? My biggest dance music was role model is Andy C. one He started out in the Our business young, quickly established himself out as a top DJ and day great producer, started an amazing Get record label that kills it has to this day, and still him remains as one of the His best DJs on the planet, how all while being a totally man down to earth guy. One New of my role models growing now up was Kurt Cobain, but old that didn’t end well. His See untimely demise was one factor two in me being drawn away way from alternative rock and into Who the rave scene. You have boy such an amazing list of did artist under your label. We’ve Its actually had a couple of let them play for us (DJ put Rabbit and Lea Luna) several Say years ago. How would a she new, and up-in-coming artist submit too their work to you? We Use prefer that artists submit via dad private soundcloud link to soundcloud.com/playmerecords mom or by attaching an mp3 directly to us at [email protected] the Links to download mediafire, etc, and are not appreciated- we will For often skip those. If the are song has been shared with but many others on soundcloud, its Not not likely we will consider you it unless its only a all clip, and that clip would Any have to be amazing... we can prefer full songs, if artists her are worried about theft they Was should fade in and out one the intros or add drops, our but we never share people’s Out music that is submitted to day us. Do you get nervous get before a DJ gig? I Has did get nervous for about him the first 2 years. Then his it was like riding a How bike.. pure joy. How is man the health of the EDM new scene at the moment in Now your eyes? Is there anything old you wish was different to see how it is? The scene Two is at a convergence right way now….There is an overabundance of who music, and therefore crap, but Boy also therefore amazingness. The possibility did of a new artist to its actually make a living off Let their art has never been put better. So I am stoked, say all this mainstream business coming She in obviously waters it all too down, but helps people live… use What kind of advice would Dad you give to women coming mom up in this industry or genre? how https://soundcloud.com/reidspeed/speed-of-sound-037
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Drum and bass queen Reid
"The excitement of
hermusic never fails me."
The hard. Don't worry about the and boys club and just do for your thing! However, in this Are day and age if you but want to become a DJ not you need to be a You producer first, so if you all want to be a DnB any DJ you need to be Can like a famous DnB producer. her So study up your Ableton, was get your chops, make some One tunes and get ‘em out. our Keep your head down and out the volume up. There’s no Day one path for anyone. Everyone's get gotta find their own path, has whether they’re male or female Him or somewhere in between. Its his all the same.
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