Exclusive: DJ Tigerlily on what to pack for It's The Ship

ELLE gets to know the fashionable, fitness-loving Australian DJ ahead of her grand return to It's The Ship

By Lydia Chan | Published: 5 Oct 2017

Spotlight: Tigerlily
Photo: djtigerlily/Instagram

Festival cruise It's The Ship is set to sail this 17 November! Asia's largest festival at sea sees a stellar artist line-up which includes Aussie DJ, Dara Hayes or better known as Tigerlily.

The unicorn-haired star got her start back in 2011, after placing second in Australian DJ programme, Your Shot DJ. Today, Tigerlily is one of Australia's top DJs. She's toured alongside Tiesto in Asia and played her own solo shows worldwide; those who know Tigerlily love her for her progressive house sound. We spoke exclusively to the DJ on style, music and what she loves about Malaysia.

This will be your second time performing on It's The Ship. What are you looking forward to this year?
I absolutely loved being a part of It's The Ship two years ago. This year, I'm really looking forward to not only playing my set, but being a part of the crazy atmosphere on the boat!

What was your favourite moment from It's The Ship?
Playing on the main stage! It was super epic with such a great energy from the crowd.

What would you recommend shipgoers to pack?
Sunblock, vitamins and earplugs (editor's note: because the party don't stop).

What can fans expect from your set?
High energy, lots of vocals, and big drops!

When you're not performing, what's your go-to outfit?
I'm a bit of an activewear head, so Monday to Friday you can catch me in Adidas head-to-toe. When I'm going out to party, I like to dress up or down over-the-knee heeled boots by teaming them with short shorts or a dress.



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Who's your style icon?
BadGal RiRi!

What must you have in your makeup bag?
A good hydrating spray and moisturiser are so important to keep your skin good while travelling. My favourite makeup brands at the moment are Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara (RM90 at Sephora), Urban Decay's Naked Heat Palette (RM230) – amazing for people with green and blue eyes – and Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer (RM179 at Kens Apothecary).  

You play hour-long DJ sets in the hottest locations. What's the secret to keeping your makeup on?
Urban Decay's setting spray (RM139) is my go-to product for when it's hot in the club. I couldn't DJ without it and I don't know how I ever used to!

Off-duty makeup look?
Nothing. A bit of moisturiser and I'm good to go! That's the beauty of having eyebrow tattoos and eyelash extensions.

You colour your hair often. How do you maintain it?
I have an amazing hairdresser – Mat Johnson from Adelaide, Australia. He's the main reason my hair is still in good condition. On my own, I try to minimise the amount of heat that goes onto my hair during the week, as it is usually curled or straightened on weekends. I also treat my hair regularly. However, the most important thing is diet, hydration and sleep; if you're healthy on the inside, it will show on the outside.

How do you keep fit while on the road?
From my experience, the most important thing about staying healthy while touring is to not stress about sticking to a usual routine. Instead, it's about doing what you can, when you can.

I like to try and do some sort of movement 5 out of 7 days, whether it be a walk or run, or using the usually sub-par hotel gyms. I also like to bring resistance bands, an ab-roller and yoga mat with me, which means that you can do light body weight exercises wherever you are!

Diet is also super important while travelling. I try not to drink alcohol too much; instead, I keep hydrated with water. Also, filling up in the morning on raw fruit is a great way for me to get a lot of good stuff into my body before shows or travelling.

Will you be coming back to Malaysia any time soon?
Yes, definitely! I think I'll be back before the end of the year. I love playing in Malaysia; the crowds are amazing and everyone is so kind.


Fave travel destination?

How do you deal with jetlag?
Exercise, sunshine and water.

Tips for taking the perfect Instagram pic?
Lighting is EVERYTHING.

Currently listening to?
Crooked Colours.

Getting-ready jam?
Wild Thoughts by Rihanna.

Tigerlily fangirls over…
Healthy Instagram accounts.

Advice to aspiring female DJs?
Stay true to yourself, your music and your style. No matter what you do, or who you are, people will try and change you, mould you, or criticise you. Knowing what you want and reminding yourself of that daily is so important.

It's The Ship will be held from 17 to 20 November 2017. Cabin sales have closed but you may sign up for the waiting list here


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