Byron Bay

3 Apr 2019





3 Apr 2019

Long term Byron Shire local Taya Mills, aka TAYA has been writing and performing music since he was a child and at the age of nine started DJing. Finding his passion, TAYA was on the path to a lifelong love affair and career journey with music producing and DJing. 

Growing up in the local Byron scene, TAYA solidified his place within the vibrant music community. To broaden his horizons and develop his craft TAYA moved to Berlin seeking fresh inspiration from one of the biggest electronic music scenes in the world and also spent time residing and playing in Bali. 

While living in Bali in 2017, TAYA’s skill and determination won him Beatport’s first international Beats In School Producer Competition in conjunction with Yousef’s Circus Recordings. Consequently, TAYA is the newest member of the world renowned label. This recognition and status was what led TAYA to be asked to close out Splendour in the Grass in 2018.


Now back living and working at his home studio deep in the hills of Main Arm outside Mullumbimby, TAYA has been his most creative and productive and has been working on releases with major labels as a result of winning the Beatport competition. He still travels to Melbourne and the Gold Coast to play but the homegrown shows is where he has the most fun. TAYA says there are plenty of opportunities in the region to see and enjoy good music. 

During his career TAYA has had residency at most of Byron Bay’s iconic late night venues as well as working closely with local touring and events company Club Raiders

He now has realised his dream of being able to travel the world and perform to people who know and love his music, but he isn’t stopping there, inspired by his drive to succeed TAYA is spending countless hours in his studio in Main Arm, driven by an effort to see how much further his career can go. 

TAYA began his professional musical journey in 2005 studying at SAE Byron Bay and now he is coming back to where it all started with a free and exclusive Masterclass. TAYA says he was absolutely thrilled to be invited back to SAE present the Masterclass. 

“To come so far in my career, now is the time to give back to all the young and aspiring DJs and producers in the region, at the most respected music college in the world” TAYA says.

 TAYA’s Masterclass will be held at the SAE Byron Bay Campus on the 10th of April 1:30pm-4pm. To register for this event please visit facebook.com/SAEInstituteByronBay/

Interested in a dynamic career in the creative industries? Explore the possibilities by attending the free SAE Byron Bay Information night Thursday 8th May, 4-7pm. Plus, register and attend the night to go in the draw to win a pair of audio-technica Wireless Headphones (rrp $599)*

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