I personally believe that there can be no party without good music. Music is the heartbeat of any party—it breathes life into it, injects new emotions, and brings dissimilar people and diverse worlds together.
Few people understand this better than DJs. The best DJs jet between cities and style epicentres, bringing the party to people. Their music is always rich, hypnotic and refreshing.
This week, I had the honour of speaking to Los Angeles-born DJ Mr. Best (Ryan), who has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious parties, including The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes and The Emmys.
Ryan has kept crowds riveted at movie and television premiere events such as Seven Pounds, Salt, Black Swan and Lost, and graced private A-lister parties for Paris Hilton and Lauren Conrad.
After a year of fabulous performances, he will be rounding up 2014 at Capella Singapore’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Party. I managed to catch him just before his big performance to find out what sort of music gives closure to one amazing year, and launches the next fabulous one.
If you are planning your own year-end parties, this might inspire you as well.
What are your all-time favourite end-of-year songs?
For the most part, these consist of holiday music, along with the biggest tracks of the year. The holiday music I love playing the most is Christmas In Hollis by Run D,M.C., Last Christmas by Wham!, All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey, and Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses.
What is currently on your playlist?
The artist Banks is on my playlist. Her music makes me feel that ‘something’.
Which are three of the best musical festivals to look out for in 2015?
I’m looking forward to Coachella (an annual Californian music and art festival in April) and Lollapalooza (an annual music festival in Chicago from end-July). At some point, I’d also want to experience Burning Man (an annual event that takes place in the Nevada desert every August).
What is it like spending New Year’s Eve in Singapore?
The word that describes New Year’s Eve in Singapore is ‘magic’. It’s a magical place that leaves me feeling inspired from its culture and architecture.
What’s in your music line-up for Capella’s New Year’s Eve party?
I’ll be including all the big hits from 2014 and years past. It will be a fun-filled night, and my mission is to make guests smile and dance through to the New Year.
What is your 2015 New Year resolution?
It is to stay hungry.
For more information on Capella’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Party, click here.