A born & raised New Yorker with 10 years experience behind the decks, Reid Speed now calls Los Angeles home and continues to ascend as one of the best and brightest DJ/producers in the underground dance music scene. Although she is best known for her drum & bass mixes, Reid can be found in a diverse array of venues, from mainstream house clubs to dark, dirty raves, playing a musically masterful mix of D&B, breaks, house, electro, or whatever new sound has caught her well-trained ear. She has travelled all over the US, Canada, Mexico, and Ireland spreading new sounds and bringing serious fun to dancefloors everywhere.
After 2 successful drum & bass cd releases on Breakbeat Science (2001's "Resonance" and 2003's "Life After Dark"), 4 national tours, a DJ/modeling campaign with Triple 5 Soul, an appearance on Bravo's "Blow Out" as a judge of BPM & Rockstar's "Beauty & the Beats" contest, and a 10 episode run as the DJ for the WB's "Jamie Kennedy Experiment", America's First Lady of drum & breaks shows no signs of slowing down. With sponsorship from Shure and Propellerheads' Reason as well as promo work for Pioneer, Tascam and Numark, Reid is a popular favorite with crowds and industry leaders alike. She has consistently made BPM's "America's Favorite DJ" list, and was recently voted in the top 15 female DJs worldwide.
With constant studio work Reid is gaining respect not only as a DJ but as an artist, producing breaks, drum & bass and electro-house. The past two years have seen Reid focused on this goal, working with collaborators Sense, Jon (S), Queensyze, MC Tali, MC Dino, Pacific and DJ Swamp. The results of this labor of love are set to be released on a variety of labels: Phonomental ("Danger", with Queensyze), Twenty HZ ("Mash Up", with Pacific) as well as an artist album forthcoming on Ohm Resistance and featured tracks on DJ Swamp's upcoming album. Reid & Sense's track "Bring it Up" is featured on Baby Anne's new mix cd "Baby Anne Rocks" on System Recordings. Reid and her collaborators' tracks have been featured on Power 106's Power Tools Mix Show, Jay Cunning's MenuMusic Podcast, and continue to get worldwide dancefloor play from top names in breaks and drum & bass.
Its been quite a ride for Reid. From an early age, music was a driving force in her life. Learning violin at age 4 with the Suzuki method (learning to play music by listening, not reading) certainly primed her ears for her future endeavors. Piano lessons followed, but her dislike of practicing scales cut those lessons short. Upon hearing the legendary DJ Dan in 1994, at a rave in Colorado, Reid was hooked on the electronic sound. She made the jump from fan in front to DJ behind the decks in 1996. As the first female D&B DJ on the scene, Reid quickly gained attention and admiration for her skills and by 1997, had residencies with local promoters Camouflage, Stuck on Earth, and Direct Drive. From '98- 2000 she worked at Breakbeat Science, America's first record store dedicated to drum & bass. She parlayed their extensive customer base into a fan base, sending demos along with out-of-state orders. The bookings started rolling in, and she never looked back. She has also been involved in promoting events. From 2000- 2001, Reid, DJ DB, and 4.0 marketing threw a series of 2 step/ UK garage events which introduced a new sound to the scene. In the spring of 2001, after their Winter Music Conference showcase, she embarked on her first national 40-date headlining tour to promote her debut mix cd, "Resonance". Immediately following that, she jumped on another tour with breakbeat kings Ming & FS. Upon moving to LA in 2002, she helped organize a new series of 2 step and breaks parties called "Rude Sound" to advance the 2 step/breaks genre in a new city. 2003 saw the release of "Life After Dark" and yet another tour, along with the Triple 5 Soul campaign and DJing for the WB Network's "Jamie Kennedy Experiment". 2005 brought Reid to a new level more respect as a judge alongside Colette and DJ Rap for Rockstar energy drink & BPM Magazine's "Beauty and The Beats" contest. Reid and Colette then toured with J-phlip, the winner. 2005 also spawned the creation of Icebreaker at Spundae and now Breakdown, a new series of breakbeat-oriented events designed to get hot up & coming breakbeat producers from all over the world to Los Angeles showcasing the freshest sounds.
2007 looks promising for Reid, with her album release, ongoing production work, and a full DJ schedule, there are only bigger and better things awaiting this leading lady of dance music!