Updated: May 13
Dara Hayes, a distinguished Australian DJ known as Tigerlily is taking the electro house scene by storm. At 23, Tigerlily DJ’s in 110 clubs a year. While averaging 9 flights a week, Dara has accustomed to devoting her time to fans around the world. Fusing her progressive house sound together with her captivating techno feel has transcended the evolution of house music in today’s generation.
As a runner up in Trance legend, Tiesto’s Your Shot DJ Competition was a solid kickstart for her career. Since then she has accompanied Tiesto in Tiesto & Co’s Asian Club Life Tour, festivals including Creamfields, Stereosonic, and Future Music Festival. Tigerlily was voted the #12 in Australia’s ITM Top 50 DJ Poll in 2013. Dara’s authentic self has been recognized across social media platforms providing the respect she’s earned as an artist. Tigerlily’s first instinct to DJ came when she received a fake ID at 16 after going to the club, she knew the stage was her final destination. If she hadn’t pursued such a dream, Dara Hayes would be writing music for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In reality, this dream skyrocketed. Tigerlily holds a residency at clubs in Australia including PACHA, The World Bar, and SoHo in Sydney, and Red Square in Adelaide. Tigerlily hosts her own show at PACHA, by the name of Kiss My Tigerlily. In her own words, she described the show as “A trip down fantasy lane and something I was lucky enough to curate myself alongside the Squared Division”. The Mix since then crowned Tigerlily the #1 Female House DJ.
As if touring the world wasn’t time-consuming, Dara is studying a Bachelor degree for Media and Communications. Her guided inspiration was summed up in a Steve Job’s quote in an interview with Saturday Sisters:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Artists that have influenced Tigerlily include Calvin Harris, Nina Las Vegas, Anna Lunoe, and NERVO. Tigerlily’s love for music will seduce the crowd with key vocals thrown into each of her sets. Her passion for producing flows through the speakers at any show. Tigerlily has preserved such a dominant online presence and fans around the world setting the sky as her limit. You can expect nothing more than such talent she possesses. Electro house meets a contemporary feel to a progressive house that makes her one of a kind.