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Australian musician Dara Kristen Hayes, commonly known behind the deck as DJ TigerLily has revealed she’s ‘actually vegan because of music’. 

The artist, who regularly speaks out about animal-rights on her second Instagram Our Soul Purpose, said she suffered from health-complication around during her tour.

‘Reach out for help’

In the latest episode of the PBN podcast, Dara chats with Co-founder Robbie Lockie about Australia’s meat-centric culture, her childhood, the climate crisis, and, of course, music.

“I’m actually vegan because of music because if I didn’t run myself into the ground touring as a DJ like I did then I probably wouldn’t have had to reach out for help and change my lifestyle,” Dara states.

This podcast covers subject including: 

Dara’s vegan story: 2.00

The meat culture in Australia: 7.50

Men and their connection to meat: 10.50

Media and veganism: 14.00

Labeling vegan products: 16.15

Learning compassion: 22.40

Developing compassion: 23.45

‘The biggest thing holding back the vegan movement’: 28.40

Remaining positive: 31.00

Dara’s music journey: 33.50

Being female in a male-dominated industry: 38.50

Dara’s favorite DJs 43.00

Mentors: 45.35

Future music releases: 49.10

The sober rave scene: 50.52

The pressure to do drugs and drink: 51.55

Vegan cooking: 55.02

Health on a plant-based diet: 58.45

Dara’s dogs: 1.01.40

The climate crisis: 1.09.25

Stranded on a desert island: 1.18.00

You can listen to the full podcast here and find out more about DJ Tigerlily here

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.