Episode Nineteen: Rainbow Chan

December 13, 2019

The talent behind our theme music, Rainbow Chan, joins us to discuss her show at the NGV the night before, her new album Pillar and working on interdisciplinary art projects with her mum. 

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Rainbow Chan is a vocalist, producer and multi-disciplinary artist who has built a reputation as one of the most innovative musicians in Australia. Driven by a DIY spirit, Chan melds catchy melodies and off-kilter beats made up of field-recordings and found sounds. Both heartbreaking and tender at once, her idiosyncratic brand of pop holds a mirror up to diasporic experiences, and also deeply personal tales of love and loss.

Chan’s debut record “Spacings” (Silo Arts & Records, 2016) was feature album on community radio stations nationwide and nominated for FBi SMAC Record of the Year, and AIR Best Dance/Electronica Album. Rainbow was FBi’s most played artist in 2016, and her single “Nest” was also the most played song. Lifted from the EP “Fabrica” (Healthy Tapes, 2017), her single “Let Me” won the FBi SMAC Award for Best Song.

Chan has performed at renowned venues and festivals internationally including Sydney Opera House, Vivid, MONA FOMA, Gallery of Modern Art, Melbourne Music Week, Iceland Airwaves, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and Tai Kwun (Hong Kong). Additionally, her musical installations have been exhibited with Firstdraft Gallery, Liquid Architecture, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and I-Project Space, Beijing.