The Kennedy Center

DJ Justin Reed



Biography

A child of the electronic and urban musical revolutions of the late 20th century, Justin Reed is well versed in classic funk & soul, Kraftwerk, disco, classic Hip Hop, Afro-Latin, house, techno, as well as ambient or abstract electronica. A longtime fan of DJ culture and associated music, Reed formally began his DJ and production career while studying at Kalamazoo College in 1995, ignited by a passion for minimal and avant garde techno music and the explosive burgeoning Midwest rave culture of the mid ‘90s. As time progressed Reed found himself influenced by DJs and a growing (and shrinking via the information revolution) world of music that expanded his creative horizons exponentially including a deep passion for the vast world of U.S. and global house music as well as a strong affinity for Afro-Latin musical traditions. From 2010–2016 he worked with the Chicago symphony—curating the pre and post show performances featuring a range of the top local artists performing modern abstract and atmospheric electronica as well as co-producing the Chicago stagings of Mason Bates’s “Mercury Soul” series. In 2014 the CSO commissioned an original work, “Homage et Scriabin,” which he performed live for a MusicNow event. Currently he can be found touring nationally out of a Boston home base as well as co-producing Mason Bates’s series of orchestral/electronic club events—“Mercury Soul.” This event is his second performance for D.C.’s Kennedy Center.
DJ Justin Reed