Have you ever wondered what a life in the music biz would be like? Dara Hayes aka DJ Tigerlily shares what a typical day involves. She DJs some of the major festivals in Australia and abroad – from Stereosonic to Future Music Festival – and has opened for superstars including Avicii.
Here’s what she has to say about it:
7am: Alarm clock goes off after only having 3 hours sleep from my show the night before in Melbourne at the Crown Casino. I’m flying back to Sydney today for a big festival so getting up early is a must to make sure I have enough time to get ready and organise myself before my show! I take a quick shower to wake up and shove all my clothes in my suitcase – ready to go!
7:30am: Pick up from the hotel with my driver. On the way to the airport I jump on all my social media platforms to check what has been happening since last night! I also send out a snap chat to my followers, saying good morning and letting them know what today holds for me. Plus an obligatory *I’m tired and I only got 3 hours sleep* selfie.
8:00am: Arrive at Melbourne airport and head to the Virgin lounge for a much needed breakfast and coffee. The lounge also means free wifi so I jump onto my laptop and send off a few emails and upload a mix tape for my weekly radio show!
9:00am: Time to fly home [to Sydney] – I fly up to 8 times a week so I’m pretty over flying now. I plug in my Bose headphones and sit back and meditate for 30 mins. Flying time is a perfect chance to recollect, reevaluate and meditate. For me, that is the most productive thing I can do when travelling. I also listen to Deepak Chopra for 30 mins, I’m currently listening to a talk about some meta-ideas I.e. The world, belonging, our purpose etc.
10:30am: I’m super lucky as I live close to the airport – Dad picks me up in the car and we head home! Bump into some fans at the airport and make sure I get some funny snap chats with them 🙂
10:45am: I live super close to the beach so I run down the hill and jump in the water for a much needed refresh before the festival today. I find with travelling and flying a lot, you don’t get a chance to get in touch with nature, so if I have a small time window free I make sure that I do this!
11:30am: Time to get ready for the festival! Shower, wash hair, makeup, outfit, iamu tattoos….and I’m ready! I run through my checklist of things that I need to take to the show – headphones, USBs, earplugs, stickers, merch, towel and a change of clothes!
1:00pm: Arrive at the location and settle into my room. I always like to suss out the festival setup and environment when I arrive so I know the layout.
1:30pm: I have a meet-and-greet for 45 mins. This pretty much entails saying hello and getting photos with as many people as possible in 45 minutes! It’s super crazy but a lot of fun and I love meeting everyone that follows my musical journey.
2:30pm: We head back to the artist area for some much needed lunch! YUM! Festivals always have a pretty good spread and there are a million types of food to choose from.
3:00pm: My photographer and I jump onto a golf buggy and get driven to the Main Stage where I will be performing. I love to go and make sure I am familiar with the environment that I’m playing in before the show. Simply understanding the stage setup, tech environment, and the best places to get the most epic photographs means I feel so much more relaxed before my show! We get to the main stage and it’s pumping – I’m ready!
4:30pm: My show kick starts! The crowd is vibing and it’s an awesome day for it. I have so much fun Djing and performing to everyone – it’s definitely my favourite part of the job!
5:30pm: After the show, I grab some towels to cool down, skull a bottle of water to rehydrate, and head back to the artist liaison area. Heaps of my friends are the Djs and artists that I tour with so festivals like this are a great opportunity to hang out and catch up.
6:30pm: Time to head home! By the time I arrive home my gym is closed 🙁 Keeping fit and healthy on the road is super difficult especially when your schedule is flat out. So instead, I do some exercises in my room (something is always better than nothing)!
7:00pm: Dinner time with the family (yes, I still live at home), and then I hop onto my computer to finish some emails.
8:00pm: Daily phone call to my manager to report back on the day and plan for the weekend ahead. I fly out early tomorrow morning so while I’m on the phone I start packing my suitcase for tomorrow!
DJ Tigerlily was recently voted the #5 DJ in Australia (In The Mix top 50) for 2014 and #1 female DJ overall.
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