The closing of a calendar year is a big occasion for dance music. Blogs and radio reveal their top releases from the past twelve months, DJs deliver special ‘year mixes’ that highlight their favourite tracklists and the New Year’s Eve line ups are some of the best available.
One subject that often goes unnoticed is the goals and resolutions DJs set for themselves for the upcoming 365 days. 2016 has been a particularly dark year due to the revelation of some top names openly discussing the mental and physical toll that a constant touring schedule can bring. A dangerous mixture of drugs, alcohol, fame and lack of sleep can put even the most obedient of minds in a whirlwind of chaos.
We spoke to 13 DJs who collectively boast an in depth opinion on the ups and downs of life as a successful DJ. They tell us their their aspirations for 2017, in a world where self awareness and general well being are just as important as the music they play.