DJ Rick Reed (born R.C.Spears) is an American underground beat maker, composer and music producer. He has worked with popular music publisher and producer Jack D. Elliot, and his beats have been used on the TV show One Man Army. DJ Rick loves the freedom of being an Independent music producer, allowing him to create the kind of music he likes without being dictated by the record label – and he exploits that freedom to the hilt, producing a variety of styles of Instrumental Hip Hop that includes West Coast, R&B, Underground, Electronic, and Old School.
Always a laid-back kind of person, DJ Rick has been listening to music since he was a kid, especially lots of hip hop. Raised in Fayetteville, NC, he played drums in the high school band. He also took some piano lessons. After high school, he moved to New York, where he has lived ever since.
For nearly 2 decades, he worked in the stock market, but his passion for music, especially hip hop simmered within him. He dreamed of becoming a music producer and finally decided to take classes at the Center for the Media Arts to learn how to produce music. After graduating, he pursued getting a job working in a studio, but instead he got a job selling studio equipment to studios.
He wanted to produce his own music, and started working on his own beats. He also recorded a live band at a club. DJ Rick has become fanatical about perfecting his craft. He attended Recording Connection, receiving certification in Audio Engineering and Music Production. "Once I get my mind set on something, I work on it – I work hard on it. " Utilizing a Yamaha S103, M Audio Venom Synthesizer, ProTools to lay his tracks down, and Loops, he placed his beats on radioairplay.com, where he began building his fan base – to date it has generated over 1300 fans and numerous positive comments about his music. He also entered beat battles on RocBattle.com that reveal his remarkable versatility from West Coast hip hop to electronic to R&B to hardcore.
D.J. Rick soon hooked up with independent music publisher Jack D. Elliot to do 2 beats on the Discovery Channel TV show One Man Army. He is now working on The Beat Lab Masters, a CD of instrumental hip hop in styles that include old school, west coast, hard core, rock, and jazz. Scheduled for release in August, the CD will be placed on Internet music stores and promoted through college radio and other venues.
DJ Rick Reed enjoys life and gets tremendous joy in producing music of all sorts that people relate to, and he looks forward to becoming a successful music producer to bring that joy to the world.
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What is your profession (singer, rapper, songwriter, poet, dancer, model, music fan, etc.)?
How many members are in your band?
Only one, myself.
What is your style of music?
Producing different styles of music is my thing. Like instrumental hip hop, dance, west coast, trap and old school flavor beats.
Who are your influences in the music industry?
Pete Rock,Oddisee,Onra,Madlib,Parliament,James Brown,Daft Punk,David Guetta,Calvin Harris,Prince and Michael Jackson.
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