A BEDWORTH schoolboy will be performing to thousands of music fans at the Ricoh Arena today after winning a special competition.
Brandon Reeve, of Tower Street, Bedworth, is preparing for the biggest moment of his life as he gets ready to rub shoulders with DJ superstars like Basement Jaxx and Pete Tong at MTV Crashes on Saturday (May 28).
The 16-year-old DJ enthusiast earned the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity after entering one of his songs into a social media competition, with the winner getting the chance to perform their own 30 minute set as one of the warm up acts.
It’s a far cry from the Nicholas Chamberlaine School pupil’s daily routine as he is in the middle of doing his GCSE exams.
Brandon said: “I’ve been producing my own music ever since my parents bought me a set of decks for my twelfth birthday, so when I found out I had won I was both pleased and shocked.
“The music production has had to take a back seat while I revise for my exams, but ever since I found out I had won I’ve been trying to juggle the two.”
Brandon, who counts the likes of Dutch music producer Oliver Heldens amongst his musical inspiration, beat off 13 other DJs to get his big chance, and he intends to make the most of the opportunity.
“I love mixing old music with modern tracks and I’ve spent the past few years practising and practising different techniques, so I really want to get my name known and show off to people what I can do,” he said.
“I’m hoping when I’m there I’ll be able to make some contacts and get some advice from some of the world’s best house music artists.
“I had the opportunity to play in front of hundreds of people at a festival last year which was a great experience, but to play on the same stage as Basement Jaxx and Pete Tong will just be amazing.
“A lot of my family and friends are also coming along to watch me which will be nice.”
Rob Mitchell, head of marketing at the Ricoh Arena, added: “We wanted to unearth some unknown musical talent for Saturday’s crowd to enjoy, and we think we’ve done just that with Brandon.
“There is a real buzz about the city as we gear up for a roof-raising weekend of music for all the family on Friday, before club anthems takes over the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.”
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