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Teen DJ from Wigan dazzles on decks at festival

Teenage DJ Reece Taylor
Teenage DJ Reece Taylor

A Wigan DJ is dreaming of stardom after performing to hundreds of dance music fans at a major European festival at the tender age of just 15.

Shevington Community High School pupil Reece Taylor was picked to appear behind the decks at the Beir Total open-air event in the Belgian city of Antwerp.

The youngest DJ on the bill showed little sign of nerves or inexperience as he performed a selection of his own tracks and remixes alongside dance duo Foxa.

Reece, from Orrell, has been behind the decks for several years and already releases his music, a blend of styles such as EDM and deep house, online.

His proud mum Barbara says he revelled in the opportunity to play at such a prestigious event and having had a taste of the big time is now anxious for more.

She said: “There were hundreds of people there to see him and he was absolutely made up with his set.

“I’m very proud of him. He was the youngest DJ playing and afterwards he got invited to a nightclub with one of the other DJs where they let him go up to the box and see what the atmosphere was like.

“He now wants to start doing clubs if he can and really get his name out there. He just wants more now he’s had this taste of it. It’s definitely the career route he wants to go down.

“He started about three years ago now. He’s built himself a computer and some of his friends were getting into remixing and making music.

“He followed suit, realised he was good at it and has just carried on. His goal is now just to create really well-produced music.”

Reece joined Foxa on the decks for an hour-long slot between 8pm and 9pm entertaining revellers at the 12-hour marathon of electronic and dance anthems.

He was able to travel to Belgium and take to the stage through his friendship with the duo which formed online, with the artists now working together on producing music.

The Belgian festival took place with sets from 2pm until 2am in a festival field and the 2018 edition was also a milestone as it was the event’s first open-air edition.

The year 10 pupil at the Shevington Lane school is now aiming to do well enough in his GCSEs to go to Winstanley College to study music production.

He has already linked up with a number of names in the industry, including Foxa and a DJ who plays on a North West radio station, the latter collaboration racking up an impressive 74,000 listens on an internet music site.

His latest production is a remix of Wateva - I’m Talkin About and he is bringing out a new song called 9 Ts at the end of this week.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/reecetaylormusic/ or https://soundcloud.com/reece-rt