It's been five years since Dara Hayes revealed herself to the world as the DJ Tigerlily.
The Australian mix master has, since then, performed at some of the globe's biggest music festivals like Tomorrowland Belgium, Stereosonic Australia, Electric Zoo New York and once dropped a set in Malaysia before 30,000 screaming fans.
Tigerlily recently collaborated with American DJ KSHMR to produce a new single, "Invisible Children." The track is best described as a combination of Indian music featuring an added tribal element that makes for an extremely catchy sound.
"Invisible Children" by KSHMR & Tigerlily
Georgia Unfiltered caught up with Tigerlily for a quick Q&A session, where she talks about what inspired her DJ career as well as her charitable work that stemmed from personal battles in her own life.
Q: For people not familiar with you --this is your first trip to Atlanta I believe-- tell us a little about yourself. What prompted you to embark on a DJ career? What did your parents want you to be when you were growing up?
Tigerlily: Music has always been a big part of my life. I started playing piano, writing and singing at the age of 4 and continued to do this up until I finished high school. The transition into dance music was very organic. My parents have always been very supportive of me no matter what I do. As long as I am healthy and happy, then they are content and proud. I'm very lucky.
Q: You're from Australia, and so is Trance DJ MaRLo, but I can't seem to find any collaborations with the two of you. How would you feel about doing some work with MaRLo in the future?
Tigerlily: I really love and respect MaRLo as an artist and a human. He is incredible. I would love to work with him at some point if we could fuse our sounds and brands together in the right way.
Q: I noticed you're running the New York City marathon for Lifeline, a suicide prevention and crisis support organization in Australia.
Without getting too personal, how have you dealt with your own stuff, knowing there's a stigma about people in the public eye having no reason to be depressed or considering suicide?
Tigerlily: For me, having a strong support network is absolutely fundamental. I'm very blessed to have an incredible family and friend circle who are educated about mental health. They are incredibly empathetic and supportive. Also, a healthy lifestyle is honestly the best thing for combating mental health. No one ever says they regret that ocean swim or afternoon jog.
Q: Are you an avid runner?
Tigerlily: I'm not an avid runner, but I do love exercising.
Q: How are you training for the NYC marathon?
Tigerlily: Training is going very slowly given my touring schedule unfortunately, but it is what it is. I'm doing the best I can.
Q: Atlanta hosts the world's largest 10K road race annually on 4 July. It's called the Peachtree Road Race. Would you come back and participate in the Peachtree?
Tigerlily: I would love to run that race, sounds like fun! 10KM is nice and short too...maybe I'll be there in 2017!
Q: Suicide prevention and mental health are two issues that transcends borders.
What message or advice would you give to folks dealing with those thoughts?
Tigerlily: Reach out to people. You are loved. There are so many different support networks and communities in every city waiting for you to call or reach out to them. I also encourage everyone to change their lifestyle behaviours to make their life more wholesome and healthy in general. It makes the biggest difference.
Q: So how long are you going to be behind the decks at Opera? What kind of set do you have planned for us?
Tigerlily: An hour and a half. High energy! A mix of electro house, progressive house and party mashup!
Q: I'm really liking your new track with KSHMR, "Invisible Children." I'm hearing, well, the best way I can describe it is a combination of Indian music with a tribal element added. Tell me a little bit more about the track. What music styles inspired it? Can we expect to hear "Invisible Children" during your set in Atlanta?
Tigerlily: I'm quite obsessed with Indian culture and music even though I've never been. The melody from "Invisible Children" is inspired by some of the modes that are prominent in Indian music. You can definitely expect to hear it in my set.
Opera Nightclub welcomes Tigerlily to Atlanta, 16 September 2016, for one night only. Tickets are still available.