The January 2007 spotlight is on drum n’ bass and breaks DJ Reid Speed (Reid Margolis)! She started off as a raver, fell in love with the music and never looked back. Listed as one of the best in SheJay’s international top 100 female DJs listing, she is always ready to get you moving on the dancefloor. This Breakbeat Science vet is one heck of a talented DJ! CitynetMagazine.com proudly presents Miss January 2007, Reid Speed.
Citynet Magazine: What were you like as a kid?
Reid Speed: I was a very active kid. I played a lot of sports: soccer, lacrosse, basketball, squash. I always loved music. I played violin from a young age, then piano. On weekends my dad used to take me to the opera. At the time it was embarrassing, since I really couldn’t relate to the other kids. Of course I’m grateful for it now.
What about your high school years?
I was a tomboy in high school. I always had guy friends because I was into getting into trouble, skateboarding , playing in the woods and breaking things. Then I started raving, and of course I got teased for the big pants and such, but it became a cool thing to do pretty soon after. When I first got my turntables my friends all said I sucked (and I did)! But I never cared what people thought of me, I just did my thing.
How did you get into DJing?
The first time I saw a DJ play (DJ Dan, Colorado, summer of ’94) I knew that’s what I needed to be doing. It took a couple of years to save up money for my tables, but my senior year of high school I got them, and never looked back.
Favorite music to DJ?
Drum & Breaks!
You’ve played in clubs and bars in the US, Canada, Mexico and more. What’s your favorite place to DJ?
My favorite place to play right now is here in LA, at the Vanguard. My partner Josh David & I do a breaks party there once a month called Breakdown.
What has been the best experience?
The best part of my job is making as many people as I can feel great and forget about their problems for a little while, let them just lose it and go to a happy, positive place while dancing their asses off!
Worst experience in general is when I do my job, people are happy, and then a shady promoter refuses to pay.
Have you been recognized in public?
I have been recognized a couple of times in airports… but no, not really.
What changes in your life would you say are due to your ‘fame’?
Having clothing and equipment sponsors rocks! I feel extremely fortunate to have support in the form of awesome gear from Matix, needles and mics from Shure, and mixers from Pioneer.
What’s the most common question that people ask you?
“How does it feel to be a female in a male dominated industry?”
When the sound guy isn’t doing his job, and I know what’s wrong, but I get the “that’s nice sweetie” blow off because guys don’t believe that I know how to make it sound right.
Are you a big partier?
I am not a big partier. 2 drinks and I’m done!
Name anyone, alive or dead, who you would love to meet.
Jim Morrison & Kurt Cobain.
What do you want the world to know about you?
I love nothing more than to make you lose it on the dancefloor.
Notable upcoming projects?
I have a single with Queensyze entitled “Danger” coming out next year on Phonomental, and my artist album is set for release in April 2007 on Ohm Resistance.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Rocking the rest of the world!
Where are you from/live now?
Originally from NYC, live in Santa Monica, CA now.