New Year’s Eve is a time when people tend to have an extra glimmer of hope in their eyes. The promise of new opportunities and countless more memories waiting for them beyond the stroke of midnight is a powerful thing—strong enough to give many an almost blinding glow. On the second night of Countdown NYE, we knew the positivity would be surging over at the Resolution Tree, which is why we camped out there in order to pounce on a few ambitious Headliners while they hung up their handwritten dreams for 2018.

 

Name: Melissa
Age: 23
Hometown: Washington state
Occupation: I go to festivals and work at a café.
Number of Countdowns: First one.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
I’m just trying to make 2018 the best year yet and accomplish ALL of my goals. 

If 2017 were an Instagram post, what would the caption be?
Litty. 

Tell us your favorite trend from this year.
Fashion-wise, all of the fur and the glitter and the sequins—that’s the vibe.

What has been the most lit moment of the year?
I moved out to California and started going to all Insomniac events. I got to work with iHeartRaves and start promoting. I’m starting to really do what I love, and that’s the cool part.

Name: Jackie, Angel and Genevieve
Age: 29 (Jackie); 30 (Angel and Genevieve)
Hometown: Long Beach, CA (Jackie and Angel); Pico Rivera, CA (Genevieve)
Occupation: Works at I Want EMD (Jackie); barber (Genevieve)
Number of Countdowns: Two (Jackie and Angel); first one (Genevieve).

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
Genevieve: I want to spread as much love as possible throughout the year. Not only that, but I want to spread the word of raving and how positive it can be.

Angel: I want to combine a lot of love with a lot of insanity. Maybe something good will come of it.

Jackie: Travel a whole lot more.

Tell us your favorite trend from this year.
Jackie: Glitter, glitter, and more glitter.

Angel: I don’t know, but that glitter rubbed off.

What has been the most lit moment of the year?
Genevieve: Meeting my girlfriend and being with my husband in a polyamorous relationship.

 

Name: Jesus
Age: 22
Hometown: Originally from Miami, FL, but lives in Los Angeles now.
Occupation: Insurance broker
Number of Countdowns: Two

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
I would love to inspire more people with their fashion sense and give them an open eye for what they can wear. 

If 2017 were an Instagram post, what would the caption be?
A year to remember, and more to follow in 2018.

Tell us your favorite trend from this year.
I’ve seen a lot of people wearing more flashy things, like kimonos and sequins. Everyone is going [beyond] different comfort levels and finding new fashion trends. I work for a fashion blog called EDM Fashionista, and we shout them all out. We try to inspire people that don’t know the right fashion.

What has been the most lit moment of the year?
Honestly, the EDC Orlando you guys threw down had the best vibes ever. I mixed in with my East Coast family that I’ve known forever and my West Coast family. I ran into Pasquale and Holly; it was absolutely lovely.

 

Name: Alyssa
Age: 28
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Occupation: I own Freedom Rave Wear.
Number of Countdowns: Three

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
I am going to put my health first next year. I’ve been putting my company first, and it’s time to get back on the Alyssa love train.

If 2017 were an Instagram post, what would the caption be?
“Like, why?” For me, thinking about the political landscape and everything that has happened has been horrible. Personally, it would be “Best year ever.” I got engaged, my company is doing great, I’m happy, and my family is wonderful. But society is like, what is happening? 

Tell us your favorite trend from this year.
That is so hard, because I feel like I help set trends in the fashion world, like these sequin skirts. I love that they are becoming a wide trend.

What has been the most lit moment of the year?
Zeds Dead’s set at Lost Lands. It was amazing. I listen to it all of the time still.

 

 

Name: Lizard
Age: 28
Hometown: From Alaska, but lives in Napa, CA.
Occupation: IT support specialist for a nonprofit healthcare organization
Number of Countdowns: First one

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
I hope 2018 has all of the love.

If 2017 were an Instagram post, what would the caption be?
It was a damn good year. 

Tell us your favorite trend from this year.
Definitely the rave fashion.

What has been the most lit moment of the year?
When I saw Excision in January in Los Angeles. His visuals and whole production just killed it.

 

Name: Sinjin, Brianna, and Ashley
Age: 24 (Sinjin); 27 (Brianna); 26 (Ashley)
Hometown: Victorville, CA
Occupation: Material handler (Sinjin); works at BJ’s Restaurant (Brianna); bookkeeper (Ashley)
Number of Countdowns: First one (Sinjin); two (Brianna and Ashley)

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
Brianna: Just keep moving forward and onward.

If 2017 were an Instagram post, what would the caption be?
Ashley: Up, down, all around—that’s how life was all year.

Tell us your favorite trend from this year.
Sinjin: Cash Me Outside girl.

What has been the most lit moment of the year?
Brianna: Rezz’s set at Escape: Psycho Circus.

Sinjin: Rezz’s set at Observatory.

Ashley: Rezz’s set at Beyond Wonderland.


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