Dyan Tai

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About

Self described as the Asian empress of the gay streets of Sydney, Dyan Tai has emerged from the stages of the local cabaret scene and now evolved into an electronic pop artist.

As one of promising artists awarded the prestigious Generations Music Fellowship (by Powerhouse Museum, Astral People, CreateNSW), Dyan Tai is recognised for their edgy performances that are a yin and yang blend of modern pop music influenced by Asian instrumentation and culture; sonically paired with their expansive androgynous lithe vocals.

Dyan’s captivating live shows bring together elements of Asiatic drag, cabaret and performance art intersected with synth heavy electronic music and the use of a mirror coated keytar.

They recently opened for Electric Fields (Coastal Twist Festival) and performed at the Rina Sawayama’s official album launch; while preparing for the release of their debut EP, Empress 皇后. As the founder of Worship Queer Collective, they continue to champion the local Queer Asian Excellence movement with rave reviewed sold-out events such Tiger Queen: Lunar New Year Festival, Worship Queer Ghost Festival, Don’t Cha Wish You Yum Cha?.

Their recent Melbourne Fringe Festival debut received a 5 star review on The Age and was performed to a sold out audience. Also featured in the “Chinese Australian” episode of award winning ABC show “You Can’t Ask That” (Season 6), their work and performances continue to centre around their upbringing in conservative Malaysia and their quest to find freedom wherever we find ourselves.

Their commitment to music and community has seen them nominated for an ACON Honour Award in Arts and Entertainment and the 2022 Inner West Council Citizen of The Year Award with a special recognition for their dedication to the QTPOC community.



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