NAARM - MELBOURNE
DJ, AGENT/MANAGER, RADIO HOST
Tell us about your current projects; what are you representing and what are you working towards?
I am an artist manager to pop-experimental multi-disciplinary artist Rainbow Chan and R&B-pop musician and producer Yeo. I am a DJ and present Mooncake on Triple R 102.7FM. Mooncake is a weekly new music program celebrating the diverse sounds from Asia and the diaspora including Asian-Australian artists. I am also co-founder of collective Big Bao, alongside Angela Schilling and Yeo, curating events and parties showcasing artists of colour.
As an Asian-Australian working in various areas of the music industry and within the community, I am a huge advocate for Asian artists. Representation in the Australian music industry is super important. Asian-Australians need to see themselves in music, on stage, behind the scenes and in professional roles. This inclusivity will encourage aspiring Asian musicians to pursue a career in music and will show fellow Asian music industry professionals that they can have a seat at the table.
What made you want to work within the music industry?
My goals have changed since I first started working in the music industry and continued to grow through the years. But currently, I want to be a pillar of representation for the Asian community and to utilise my platforms to showcase Asian-Australian, Asian and POC artists. I aim to do this through all aspects of Small FRY, Big Bao and Mooncake.
What are some other projects or artists you are digging at the moment?
Maggie Tra is an Australian/Cambodian/Vietnamese producer melding Southeast Asian influences with contemporary electronic production. She also heads up Pho The Girls, a DJ workshop that supports and uplifts women and non-binary people behind the decks - @mtra.
Mindy Meng Wang 王萌 is a Chinese/Australian avant-garde composer and guzheng performer, her music showcases the traditional Chinese instrument in modern contexts - @mindy_mengwang.
Also shouting out artists from Small FRY camp...
Rainbow Chan: @chunyinrainbowchan
As an Asian-Australian working in various areas of the music industry and within the community, I am a huge advocate for Asian artists. Representation in the Australian music industry is super important. Asian-Australians need to see themselves in music, on stage, behind the scenes and in professional roles.
What advice would you give to others who would like to start a career within the music industry?
Have a strong sense of self and identity. Set career goals for yourself and a statement of purpose. What are your goals? Why are you achieving these goals? Remind yourself of this statement and it will drive you to achieve your goals with purpose and puts value to behind work.
What's next for your program?
Mooncake just celebrated its 100th episode and the show has progressed heaps since its debut. Including guest mixes from fellow DJs and producers, selecting weekly Feature Albums and last year Mooncake won the Community Broadcasting Association Australia Award for Best Music Program. It's been so amazing sharing Asian music through this platform, I just want to continue breaking down borders in connecting music from Asia to a broader audience.
Photographer: Michelle Han
What do you think the future holds for the dance music industry?
We have created our own platforms and supported those from our community first. We've been showcasing the importance of diversity in the hopes that the message will spread wider. The music industry is learning of the need to include us in gig/festival line-ups, radio programming and playlists and hiring us in positions of influence. The future will see the music industry acting on this.
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