chelsealeyland Chelsea Leyland’s Rockstar Year

Chelsea Leyland

There’s just something about the New York-based DJ, Chelsea Leyland. The English transplant was everywhere in 2011—from spinning a slew of hipper-than-thou Fashion Week fêtes to being Kehinde Wiley’s go-to DJ at his annual Art Basel bash. Though she boasts an inevitably killer It Girl closet, overflowing with dark, punky pieces from Alexander Wang and Katie Gallagher, it’s Leyland’s hipster-bouncing-inducing tunes that have made the fashion world fall for her. ELLE caught up with Leyland to chit-chat about her exciting year and found out what tunes she’ll be ringing in the New Year with while getting all the cool kids in a dance-floor tizzy.

ELLE: What would you say was the best nightlife party/moment of 2011 for you?
CL: It would have to be a a cross between a party I DJed in Berlin for the artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster over gallery weekend and Kehinde Wiley’s annual dance party that I DJ every year over Art Basel. I have to say, there has been so many that this a hard question to answer.

ELLE: Favorite concert of 2011?
CL: Garry Clark Jr. He played on the lake at The Surf Lodge in Montauk.

ELLE: Favorite music video of 2011?
CL: Beastie Boys Make Some Noise. It’s hilarious.

ELLE: Any fun New Year’s Eve plans?
CL: For New Year’s, I will be in London. As of right now, I’m planning to go to a rave in a warehouse but my plans may change depending on what all my friends are up to. After that, I’m going to Tulum in Mexico to relax and get healthy.

ELLE: Do you have a New Year’s resolution?
CL: I have to say I don’t have one. I hadn’t even thought of that up until now. I think each year we should all try to work on bettering ourselves in every way we can.

ELLE: Do you have a favorite NYE memory?
CL: The best one I’ve had so far was in Barcelona five years ago. We all made no plans but had such a great night and went to so many different places throughout the night.

ELLE: What’s a musical collaboration you’d like to see in 2012?
CL: I think Lana Del Ray and Florence & the Machine could be interesting, though I’m all for more Kanye and Jay-Z. That never seems to disappoint.

ELLE: What are your top five songs you’ll be ringing in 2012 with?
CL: Lana Del Ray, Blue Jeans
Pretty Lights, Finally Moving
The Rapture, How Deep Is Your Love
Midnight Magic, Beam me up
Rihanna, We Found Love

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