"Beautiful Expressions" - Time Out Sydney
Self described as the Asian empress of the gay streets of Sydney, Dyan Tai has emerged from the stages of the local cabaret scene. Now evolved into a pop artist, he is set to make a statement through his music and live performances.
As 1 of the 3 recipients who was awarded the prestigious 2021/2022 Generations Music Fellowship (by CreateNSW, Powerhouse Museum, Astral People) and one of the promising artists shortlisted by Performance Space for their Queer Development Program, Dyan Tai is recognised for his edgy performances that are a yin and yang blend of modern pop music influenced by Asian instrumentation, tradition and fashion; sonically paired with his expansive androgynous lithe vocals.
Dyan continues to raise awareness and visibility of Queer & Trans People of Colour (QTPOC) by creating WORSHIP: Queer Cabaret and Dynasty Social which were recently recognised and cited as part of the global movement to unite Queer Asians and QTBIPOC communities alongside New York, LA, San Francisco and Toronto. Both events supported by The City of Sydney.
Recently featured in the "Chinese Australian" episode of award winning ABC show "You Can't Ask That" (Season 6), his work and performances continue to centre around his upbringing in conservative Malaysia and his quest to find freedom wherever we find ourselves.
His previous single, “Freedom” was highly received and featured on ABC Queer and SBS Australia. Released in Nov 2020, “Freedom” included a music video which explores the history of drag in Chinese opera and featured a historic 100% Queer Asian cast.
"Expiratory" was chosen as a finalist for Diversity Arts Australia's "I am not a virus" campaign and received high rotation on community radio in Australia and featured on "Art Talks" on ABC TV Plus.