Fashion has a new favorite DJ. Chelsea Leyland is an English expat with killer style, who only made her turntable debut a little over a year ago. But don’t let her rookie status fool you – her crowd-pleasing sets and constant bookings have quickly led her to become one of fashion’s most wanted acts, a title girls like Mia Moretti and Harley Viera-Newton know a thing or two about. “Fashion parties were actually the first type of parties I started playing at,” explains Leyland. “It all started when I was recommending a female DJ friend to a few people in the fashion world. Someone finally turned to me and said, ‘Why don’t you just learn so we can hire you instead?’ So, I took classes and the rest is history.”
Speaking of history, Leyland is one of the first fashion-focused DJs to have her own documentary; she teamed up with Dove Go Fresh and MTV to document her experiences at NYFW, which you can watch here. At this rate, we wouldn’t be surprised if a designer collaboration were next. She lists Katie Gallagher and Charlotte Olympia as two of her favorites, but her dream project may be a bit too revealing for their tastes: “One day I’d love to start my own line of lingerie,” she says.
To kick off the season’s change, Leyland created a fall playlist just for BlackBook. Peep – along with her bonus commentary – below. 1. “Mother” – Danzig. This is one of my all-time favorite songs; it has a really sexy sound to it with a touch of darkness. I love playing this at the beginning of the night. It sounds good when the tempo is sped up. 2. “Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster the People. This is great summer tune that I know will carry through to the fall. It’s also nice to bring back the summer vibes when its miserable and cold outside. It has such a happy feel to it and always gets people dancing. 3. “She Drives me Crazy” – Fine Young Cannibals. I had to add a great ’80s classic to this list – what else can I say? Everyone always likes to dance to Fine Young Cannibals. 4. “You’ve Got Me Dizzy” – Jimmy Reed. This is such an amazing song that I love to watch people dance to. It adds a nice to twist to the night. 5. “You Never Can Tell” – Chuck Berry. This song has a nice cozy feel, which will be great in the winter. I also love seeing everyone attempting the Pulp Fiction dance. 6. “Wuthering Heights” – Kate Bush. I’ve fallen back in love with Kate Bush after giving her a rest for a couple of years. This is not a dancing track but a great wintery song to play at an event – especially fashion events since it has such a unique sound. 7. “A Stranger’s Heart” – Theophilus London. I’m loving this song right now and think it is a great track to switch things up from a non-dancey to a dancey vibe. I also wanted to make sure I added a hip-hop track to this list. I love that you aren’t sure what you’re getting when you hear the opening of this track. 8. “Never Met a Girl like You Before” – David Bowie. David Bowie is one of my all time favorite artists. I have always loved playing this track whether it’s winter or summer, but it definitely has a wintery vibe to it. I think you can never go wrong when you play this because it’s such a sexy song. 9. “Sing, Sing, Sing” – Benny Goodman. I love playing this to spice up the night. It always comes as a surprise to people and is an amazing track to throw down when people really aren’t expecting it. For some reason, I always find that all the right people dance to it. It always reminds me of Le Baron in Paris where they often throw it down after a hip-hop track—totally unexpected but genius. It adds an edge to a set and also has a wintery vibe. 10. “The Seed” – The Roots. A great song by a great band. That’s all I have to say.
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