"Beautiful Expressions" - Time Out Sydney
Self-described as the Asian empress of the gay streets of Sydney is Malaysian-born musician, performance artist and DJ, Dyan Tai.
Recently awarded the prestigious 2021/2022 Generations Music Fellowship (by CreateNSW, Powerhouse Museum, Astral People) and also shortlisted for Performance Space’s Queer Development Program, Dyan Tai is recognised for his edgy performances that are a yin and yang blend of electronic music influenced by Asian instrumentation and culture; sonically paired with his expansive androgynous lithe vocals.
Dyan’s music has received high rotation on local and community radio (Triple J’s House Party, FBI Radio, 4ZZZ, 2RRR). His 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 with a historic 100% Queer Asian cast."Expiratory" was a finalist for Diversity Arts Australia's "I am not a virus" campaign and featured on "Art Talks" on ABC TV Plus.
As a club DJ, Dyan has developed a niche in 2000s rnb/hip hop and pop anthems. He is a resident DJ and guest performer at various venues and events across Sydney (Mardi Gras Fair Day, Heaps Gay, Unicorns Party, Honcho Disko, Marly Bar, Goros, Imperial Hotel and many more)
Apart from music, Dyan is also the founder of Worship Queer Collective which was recognised and cited as part of the global movement to unite the Queer Asian community alongside New York, LA, San Francisco and Toronto. The Collective continues to champion the local “Queer Asian Excellence” movement through their rave reviewed sold-out events such as Tiger Queen: Queer Lunar New Year Festival, Dynasty Social and Don’t Cha Wish You Yum Cha? (Innerwest Fest 2022).
Also featured in the "Chinese Australian" episode of award-winning ABC show "You Can't Ask That", his work and performances continue to center around his upbringing in conservative Malaysia and his quest to find freedom where we find ourselves.
As a musician, artist and event producer his work has received support from Create NSW, City of Sydney and Inner West Council. His dedication to music and the community has seen him nominated for the 2022 ACON Honours Award in "Arts and Entertainment"; and Inner West Council’s 2022 Citizen of The Year Award where he received special recognition for his contribution to the QTPOC community.