Berlin is a pretty gay city, but it’s still impressive to run into a porn star on the U-Bahn. Even more impressive when it’s Spencer Reed.
We caught up with Spencer far from the drama of the porn world to chat about “retirement.”
Spencer Reed does Berlin
Are you officially a “former” porn star?
Yes, I officially shot my last movie in January 2013. I have no plans of making any comebacks. I worked as a gay porn-star for about 6 years and shot well over 300 movies.
How did you get started?
I can’t say that I was ever very shy about getting naked. I was recruited by a bunch of companies all at once after I put a shirtless picture up on my myspace.com profile. I chose the company who made the best offer.
Randyblue.com – I was exclusive with them for my first 6 months they were great to work with and treated me very well
What other studios did you work for?
Colt, Titan Men, Hot House, Falcon, Raging Stallion, Lucas Entertainment, Next Door Studios, Jake Cruies, Dominic Ford, Catalina Video, Cockyboys.com, kink.com, men.com, Dragon Media, Eurocreme, All Worlds Video, Jet Set Men, Mustang Studios, Alphamale Media, Cazzo, Stag Homme, Channel 1 Releasing and I’m sure many more, I just can’t think of right now. It’s a very long list
Wow, there was a time when you were in everyone, I mean everything LOL
Yes, you could say both.
What’s the difference between being a porn star and being a leather/kink porn star?
With fetish porn you have to be a bit more creative. You also need some skill sets and knowledge of what you’re doing. It’s a bit more real and interactive than standard porn. With mainstream porn that is where you get the recognition and the big benefits. It’s good to work on both sides.
How different is the porn persona from the real Spencer Reed (guessing that’s a porn name).
Spencer Reed is actually my real name. I would say the real difference is I’m a very shy and quiet guy. When I was younger I used to be much more crazy and at every party. But these days I’m pretty chilled out and mellow. Most people mistake it for arrogance. But really it’s quite the opposite. Sexually though my persona is real. I’m pretty addicted to sex and a huge pig in bed. I don’t think that will ever change but these days its only with my husband because he’s the best.
We hear tragic stories of former porn stars – but you seem to have left at the top, why?
Well I think a lot of pornstars become addicted to feeling of being wanted and the constant ego boost and find it hard to move on. It’s really sad what seems to become the trend with some of the top pornstars. A lot where good friends. Every model has a shelf life. I was at the top and I did tons of movies. Most models shoot about 1 porn a month I was shooting at least 4 and traveling non stop. I was completely exhausted and felt I would soon be overexposed. So, I chose to move on.
Which brings us to Berlin. What brings you to Germany?
Originally it was Hustlaball Berlin back in October 2010. Something about Berlin just drew me here and I had to keep coming back to figure it out. I felt right at home in Berlin, I love its edginess and live for its Techno scene. During one of my visits here I met a guy from Frankfurt and we could not be without each other. So, I came to live in Germany with him and we both wanted to make a start at a new life in Berlin. In April we got married and have made a very successful and happy start here in Berlin.
and a new career?
Well not exactly new, but more of an end for one career. I started to DJ almost two years ago now. But when I moved to Berlin I decided it was time to retire from my porn career and just focus on DJing.
Since I see you face about town, I’m guessing it’s going well?
Yes when I moved to Berlin things boomed for me DJ wise. I exploded onto the gay party scene here in Europe. I have landed a couple residencies here in Berlin and in Frankfurt. It’s really crazy how fast things took off. I already had a lot of great contacts and support from other DJs. I was able to get my music in the hands of the right people early on. I have now played all over Europe and as far as Dubai. My next big tour is to Asia in February I am really excited for that.
Do you miss porn?
Not really, porn made me tons of money and was fun in some ways. But it’s hard to build any type of solid foundation for life. You just can’t be a porn star forever. Also porn is a lot more work than people think especially in these big studio productions.
How would you describe your musical style?
I would say I play tech and tribal house. It really depends on the crowd. Some parties I play more high energy vocal music. Others I have a much more dark, minimal, tech sound. But I always love lots of percussion in all the music I play.
Do you have a favorite song or two of the moment?
I would say my #1 track right now is “unanswered question” by Ida Engberg and Adam Beyer it’s a super dark and deep but still full of energy. For a more house tune I would go with Icona Pop – I Don’t Care (Submission DJ Mashup).
Do you get recognized on the street in Berlin?
Yeah quite often but I find German guys to be a little more shy about saying anything to me. I usually just get the tweet or Facebook message later on “Omg I saw you in U-bahn today”
What was the strangest experience with a fan?
One time a fan chased me down in Kottbusser Tor wanting to take my picture. I mean this guy had to spot me from 500 m away. He just was really awkward and kept asking if he could take a picture of a scar on my face. He was an American tourist though.
Where do you want to be in 10 years?
I would really love to be a successful DJ and producer. I’m taking classes in electronic music production so I hope to start making some of my own music. I would also like to work on the promotional side of nightlife and make some parties. I don’t know where I would like to live though as I have moved around a lot. But my husband and I are quite happy here in Germany.
We like to wrap up our interviews with a few Berlin quickies – ready?
I love all the little Vietnam and Thai restaurants in Berlin. One of my favorite hidden secrets is Schroeder’s near where I live in Wedding. Kuchi is probably my favorite sushi place. Eckstein in Nollendorfplatz is my favorite classic German food.
Berghain is the best in the world
Hard Wax Records – I spend a lot of money there
Cool, and if our readers want to follow where you are spinning (is that the still the right term?)?
We tend to call it “playing” now there term spinning is a little outdated… You can always check out the events page on my website spence-reed.com. I also have a music page on there too where you can download and listen to all my podcast.