WHAT bigger compliment can a music producer
get than to be honoured by their idol - world number one DJ Paul
Mandy Reid (30), originally from Hillsborough
Old Road, Lisburn got just that accolade in December when her
track 'Up the Tempo' was chosen as his tune of 2007 during Judge
Jules Radio 1 show.
Paul van Dyk regularly features 'Up the
Tempo' in his DJ sets around the world and the track is
also supported on his German based Fritz- Sound garden show.
Last year Eddie Halliwell compiled a 20 minute mix with four of
Mandy's tracks on his Residency show on
And because of the air play by Radio One's
Judge Jules, Eddie Halliwell and Paul Van
Dyk 'Up the Tempo' became one of the biggest club tunes of the
Carl Cox even featured Mandy's track on The
Global Lowdown segment of his internet radio show, where he
dedicates a half hour mix to tracks chosen from his favourite
And now Mandy's latest track 'Tornado' is
already causing a stir.
Mandy's first release was Disco Construction
in 2004 with Size Records. She had been dabbling with music from
she was 11 and while most of her friends were into Take That she
loved dance music and starting mixing tapes. At the age of 17
she got her first set of decks.
Mandy has in the past played at Chesters,
Arena and the Coach and is now a regular guest at some of the
top nightclubs in Northern Ireland.
Her music has also taken her to Europe where last year when
she played at a huge musical event in Belgium attended by 20,000
and she also played in Ibiza. Mandy, who hopes to play in Europe
more regularly, said: "I love making music and I am lucky that
what I have done is now my chosen career. I like to keep my
tracks simple - nothing too complicated. It has taken me a long
time to get where I am but I feel there is still a long way to