While her typical day may revolve around competing at the top of her academic class, Callie Reiff’s spare time is not so typical, sharing the stage alongside the likes of Skrillex and Jauz. The 18-year-old NYC native is a new name to the music scene, but she is already garnering the attention of dance music’s most respectable names.
At age 15, the Manhattan-based producer/DJ made her debut at New York City’s Webster Hall, becoming the youngest female electronic artist ever to take the Grand Ballroom stage. Reiff has since supported artists like Zedd and Big Gigantic, showing her unstoppable energy, magnetic presence, and endlessly upbeat ease with the crowd.
Callie first learned her knack for the arts when she was admitted to the School of American Ballet. In a matter of months, she made history as the youngest dancer to take the lead role in the New York City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. She then undertook her first musical endeavor at the age of 11 when she taught herself to play drums by following along with videos on YouTube. Soon after discovering her innate sense of rhythm, she signed up for a class at the electronic music production school Dubspot where she was introduced to the art of vinyl mixing. After quickly picking up the craft, Callie created an opportunity for herself when she tracked down a Webster Hall club promoter on Facebook to open for Mija at an official Electric Zoo after- party which ultimately turned into an impromptu back-to- back session.
After originally releasing remixes that earned the praise of heavy-hitters like the Chainsmokers and Alison Wonderland, Callie began focusing her attention on putting out original productions that reveal her risk-taking sound design and powerful mix of instinct and ingenuity. The blossoming star took two years to fine-tune her production skills and then released her debut EP, Shadow Dancing, via A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold Records in 2016. She also teamed up with Ronaissance for an official release on Skrillex’s NEST imprint and appeared at major venues across the country including joining Skrillex at a 2016 Fall/Winter Fashion Week pop-up/OWSLA showcase.
In addition to Producing & DJing, Callie has fronted campaigns for brands such as American Eagle, Beats by Dre and Converse. Teen Vogue included her in their latest music issue and declared her, “The next big thing on the turntables.”
Most recently, Callie started her own mix series, Stoop Kids, which airs every month in an effort to fulfill her mission of connecting with music obsessives within her age group—especially aspiring female DJs and producers. She is also currently in the studio working on original music.