By Adam Wenger
On New Year's Eve, the Juan MacLean will open for Cut Copy at the Mezzanine. It'll mark the 12th straight year the veteran DJ has worked on the 31st. Seeing as he knows a thing or two about dance music and New Year's Eve, I asked him to curate a playlist for those who weren't able to score tickets to his sold out show. But first, here's a highlight of some of his reflections on New Year's Eve, the life of a DJ, and the one artist he always gets asked to play.
Every DJ I know is always playing on New Year's Eve. It's just one of those things as a DJ. Honestly, there's quite a bit more money involved so I think it's pretty popular.
You get a front row view of how New Year's Eve plays out, especially if you're DJing at the turn of midnight (usually it just turns into mayhem after that).
My favorite club [in San Francisco] is Monarch. There's an amazing sound system. The vibe is great. People come to dance. It's just really fun.