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DNA: What have you been up to since last time we spoke to you?

Siki Daha: I took a break af­ter my last al­bum, Love Or Logic, and have been run­ning amok and hav­ing a ball. I trav­elled to Pak­istan, Van­u­atu and back­packed around Asia. I spent most of the year tak­ing time out for my­self. You made a big splash in our pages when you first ap­peared.

Firstly, thank you for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity. For years I’d dreamt about be­ing the first Pak­istani to be featured in DNA. Your blog and so­cial me­dia pages were gracious enough to recog­nise we had made a bit of his­tory so I’m truly grate­ful for that. Let’s talk Syd­ney, the city and Syd­ney, your new song. Why cre­ate a song about Syd­ney’s dra­mat­i­cally shrink­ing nightlife? A lot of peo­ple are try­ing to fight the good fight [to save Sy­deny’s nightlife] by get­ting rid of the new lock­out laws for starters. On top of that, we have the fight for mar­riage equal­ity and more re­cent gov­ern­ment bod­ies try­ing to make abor­tion il­le­gal. Syd­ney has been my home for most of my life. I’ve trav­elled the world, but nowhere com­pares to the beauty, depth and his­tory this city has. I wanted to talk about what is go­ing on and, through the lyrics of the song, bring to life the diver­sity, beauty and peo­ple who rep­re­sent this city.

What should Syd­ney do to get its shine back? Lis­ten to the peo­ple! The gov­ern­ment don’t

seem to care much about what the peo­ple have to say. It’s time for a change so it can be the vi­brant city it once was.

What’s been the re­ac­tion to the song so far? Amaz­ing. I’ve had noth­ing but awe­some and pos­i­tive re­views so far.

You have a new al­bum on the way too. Talk us through that.

The new al­bum is ti­tled Emer­son. It’s named af­ter Pauline Emer­son who has been in my life for the last 15 years. She has been like an­other mother to me and helped me in so many ways. The al­bum talks about ad­dic­tion, pol­i­tics, peace, re­la­tion­ships, the gay world and, of course, love. This is my most chal­leng­ing al­bum so far vo­cally and lyri­cally, so I am su­per ex­cited to get it out.

Do you see your­self com­pet­ing in the sin­gles charts against the big names?

I’m just happy to get recog­ni­tion as an in­de­pen­dent artist and have peo­ple hear my music and recog­nise me as an artist. I want to get a pub­lish­ing deal, a dis­tri­bu­tion deal, take over the world and change it along the way. Not too dif­fi­cult, right [laughs]? Would you ever do a re­al­ity TV show?

I want to say no, but never say never [laughs].

Let’s get sexy. What turns you on the most?

A huge, throb­bing… tall man with a beard who goes to gym and takes care of him­self! Men­tally, some­one who is goal-driven, hon­est and loving. That’s very at­trac­tive, and pretty sim­ple, yet still hard to find. I feel like I’m fill­ing out my Grindr pro­file all over again [laughs].

We’re get­ting a se­ri­ously sin­gle vibe from you… are you at­tached, or look­ing for love in all the wrong places?

Not at­tached but def­i­nitely ques­tion­ing how and where I meet men some­times. Some guys are off on their own planet, so it’s hard to meet your equal but I won’t give up.

What’s your best/worst fea­ture?

I’m con­stantly work­ing on my­self, phys­i­cally and men­tally.

At the beach – would we see you in speedos, board­shorts or naked?

Naked or speedos. I’ve only re­cently got­ten into speedos and into be­ing naked be­cause who doesn’t want to flop out their thing and run free?

When did you come out to your fam­ily?

When I was 17 and it was the best thing I ever did. It’s still rare for men who are Asian, South Asian, Mid­dle Eastern or Ara­bic to be openly gay and have not brought shame onto their fam­ily. I feel it’s im­por­tant, as some­one who is out in pub­lic, to dis­cuss these things, to let oth­ers know it’s okay and mov­ing for­ward it will al­ways be okay.

In that re­spect, does that make you feel like a trail­blazer or a role model?

At this point in time I would say nei­ther. I’m just a guy from Perth try­ing to show the world that you carve your own lane, and ride the wave as long as you be­lieve in your­self and keep your sense of self in check.

What is­sues are im­por­tant to you and worth fight­ing for?

At this point in time, through my song Syd­ney, bring­ing to light Syd­ney’s lock­out laws is su­per­im­por­tant. I hope to achieve that along with giv­ing ev­ery­one equal rights. It’s 2017 in Aus­tralia and we are still fight­ing for is­sues that should have been re­solved five or ten years back.

You are get­ting bet­ter and sex­ier with age. Dis­cuss…

[Laughs] That is very kind, thank you. I’m just try­ing to take care of my­self the best way I know how.

If you were one of the con­tes­tants on RuPaul’s Drag Race who would it be?

[Laughs] I love RuPaul and all he stands for. His story as a drag/music star is such an in­spi­ra­tion as some­one who carved their own lane.

What’s some­thing that might sur­prise peo­ple about you?

I re­cently trav­elled to Pak­istan to do my very first doc­u­men­tary about The Tarik Ka­mal Foun­da­tion. It’s called Siki Daha: A Jour­ney Through The Slums Of Is­lam­abad.

Any­thing im­por­tant we’ve missed?

Can you find me a tall, bearded mus­cle man [laughs]? Yes, we can! But, mean­while, what’s your mes­sage to the read­ers of DNA?

Don’t sit on your ass wait­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to come your way. Make shit hap­pen. Know your worth and make that change.

The new al­bum talks about ad­dic­tion, pol­i­tics, peace, re­la­tion­ships, the gay world and, of course, love.

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