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DJ Chelsea Leyland

Interview With: DJ Chelsea Leyland

What made you decide to be a DJ?

I actually fell into DJing when my friend and amazing photographer Ben Watts asked me to DJ his annual July 4th party in Montauk. It was only after that moment that I decided to pursue DJing as a serious career, take classes and learn to DJ using turntables.

You live in New York - what’s your favourite thing about the city?

My favourite things about living in New York are the freaks that live within it and the crazy energy that keeps you coming back for more. New York isn’t always the healthiest place for one’s mind to live in, but it is full of opportunity and excitement and is a great place to do something with your life.

What do you miss most about life in London?

I miss the dry sense of humour and the pop culture. I also miss how unfriendly people are when you walk into shops as I find everyone to be a little over-friendly in the U.S.

Do you have a different style depending on what city you’re in?

My style certainly changes from city to city. In New York I am far more dressed up and chicer than when I am in London. In London, I tend to keep things a little more grungy and dressed down.

You’ve DJed at a lot of fashion events; including Harrods Live at the Vogue Festival - do you have a favourite designer?

I like to support friends and emerging designers. Having said that, I have worked with some of the greatest brands today which has been incredible for me such as Chanel, Valentino and Fendi. Although it is really hard for me to pinpoint a favourite designer as I have so many, I’m currently loving Olympia Le Tan, Suno and Dominic Jones Jewellery.

How would you describe the vibe at the Vogue Festival?

I loved the overall vibe at the Vogue Festival as everyone was there supporting fashion, but without taking it too seriously. It was also a rare occasion that the sun was shining in England, which I think added to the overall vibe of the event.

You’ve got a great sense of style - what item of clothing would you not live without?

The item of clothing I couldn’t live without, although this is a little boring, would be a good leather jacket as it goes with everything. Once you find that perfect leather jacket, you’ll have it forever. I own a number of them, but the one I cannot live without would be my Burberry biker jacket. 

Who do you admire in the music business?

This is an extremely difficult question to answer as I admire so many people. I even have immense admiration for artists whose music I don’t even listen to. In terms of new artists, I’m really loving Nicolas Jaar, Joey Bada$$, Maceo Plex, A$AP Rocky, James Blake, Kilo Kish and Art Department.

Complete the sentence: “I’m happiest when…”

I’m happiest when I’m around my family, when I’m laughing hysterically, eating great food and travelling.

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