An inveterate collaborator, on ‘Tree’ Reid hooks up with everyone from weightless pioneer Mr. Mitch to Rhythm Section’s jazzy secret weapon, Henry Wu, via Northampton’s finest rapper Slowthai, and undeniable grime don D Double E. “Reach out to people you like and try and work with them”, is his simple but effective advice for any aspiring producers out there who feel they’ve spent too long locked up in front of Fruity Loops by themselves. “Get yourself out there. Step into Radar or Rinse or NTS and you’ll meet someone,” he says.
Having produced Mabel’s smash hit ‘Finders Keepers’, Reid’s got a platinum record under his belt – and you get the sense that he’s more than ready to bag a few more. “I just want to make as much music as I can,” he tells me. “It isn’t about being a massive name or a face right now.”‘Tree’ is the sound of an artist planting a seed. Let’s watch it grow into a mighty oak.
‘Tree’ by JD Reid is out now on Baby Gravy
Josh Baines is a freelance journalist, follow him on Twitter