The talent encompassing the Australia music scene is unparalleled. Previous examples are Flume, Alison Wonderland and many more. We have now set our eyes on another breakthrough star, Tigerlily.
Tigerlily (real name Dara Kristen Hayes) hustled her talents in the dance music scene as she was awarded a spot in the top 5 DJ list for 2014 and 2015. Her feminine presence awarded her the #1 spot as a female DJ for three years in a row. She has captivated her fans through her relentless work ethic alongside recent collaborations with KSHMR, ‘Invisible Children’, and Nick Martin, ‘Skyline’.
Some of her past appearances include Stereosonic Music Festival and Sun City Music Festival. She is currently on her North American tour and will be stopping at Hakkasan night club in Las Vegas on October 6th. Tigerlily is such a gem and gave us an inside look at her triumphs and struggles from emerging her artistry in the dance music community.
What inspired you to become a music producer?
A love and passion for music of course. And a want to be able to create and share my mind with the world.
Who are some of your musical inspirations?
I have so many. From Mozart and Beethoven, to ABBA and MJ, to Katy Perry and Britney. Not to mention so many of the incredible dance music producers, Deadmau5, Porter Robinson, KSHMRl… the list is endless. I firmly believe it’s really important to draw inspiration from everywhere.
What are some of the differences between the Australian dance music scene and North America?
The Australian dance music scene is unfortunately under a lot of stress at the moment due to the nanny state government bringing in a whole heap of laws which have been detrimental to the success of nightclubs i.e. liquor licensing. However despite this Aussie crowds are definitely one of the most rowdy and crazy fun to play to in the world. I do love coming to America though as the crowds here are very open minded which gives me a lot of room to move and change my live sets.
What was one of your most memorable moments this past summer?
Playing to one of the best crowds I’ve ever seen in Italy at Number One Disco in Brescia. I had heard good things about this club but nothing compares to how crazy it was in real life.
Now that you are on your North American have you stumbled upon any difficulties?
Not really – just jet lag. Trying to work and exercise and live while being constantly exhausted is hard.
Do you have any new music or collaborations we should be on the look out for?
Yeah! I have a track coming out tomorrow with a European DJ named Nick Martin – it’s called Skyline and it’s the first song that I’ve ever sung on (eek nervous but excited). Not to mention my current track with KSHMR, ‘Invisible Children’, which is actually sitting #1 on the Beatport Overall Chart at the moment -woohoo!
What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of music?
Cooking, yoga, exercise, reading, drinking wine with my friends, and exploring nature. Pretty much the opposite of DJing and tour life.
We saw that you’re going to run the 20kms, what made you decide to run the New York Marathon?
20kms? HAH I wish! It’s 42kms.
I’m running the marathon for an Australian based charity called Lifeline which focuses on supporting the positive development of mental health and suicide prevention. I am very passionate about mental health and so when I was approached by lifeline to get involved with their charity, I was extremely excited!
How do you find time to tour and prepare for a marathon?
I don’t! The race is going to be difficult that is for sure. I try to work out when I can, but if you know anything about tour life it’s completely ridiculous schedule wise, for example, this week I have 5 shows back to back all over the USA! Ouch.
What should we expect from Tigerlily to end out 2016?
Music music music! Lots of music!