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 highly anticipated EP "Stanley" was released on UK label, Eastern Margins, in November 2021. Her sophomore record “Pillar” (Independent, 2019) was feature album on community radio stations nationwide and was nominated for the Australian Music Prize. Her debut record "Spacings" (Silo Arts & Records, 2016) was nominated for FBi SMAC Record of the Year and AIR Best Dance/Electronica Album, with its single "Nest" being FBi Radio's most played song that year. 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 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 multi-arts installations have been exhibited with Firstdraft Gallery, Liquid Architecture, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and I-Project Space, Beijing. In 2020, Chan was part of Artspace's One Year Studio Program and was selected as the Performance Space x West Kowloon Exchange resident artist. "Songs from a Walled Village", her documentary for ABC Radio National, was a finalist in the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Awards 2021. Chan is a finalist in the 2021/22 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship (Artspace, CreateNSW and NAS).
With a flair for nuanced songwriting, Chan is signed to Gaga Music Publishing and has composed music for ABC documentary, "The Glass Bedroom" (2017), a live score for Art Gallery of NSW’s “Starburst”: Chinese Film Season (2018), the theme song for 7am's "Everybody Knows" podcast, and an original soundtrack for short film "Butter" directed by Anita Lee (2022).
Chan is a passionate mentor and has worked with MusicNSW, I.C.E Parramatta, Hack Sounds and Bunga Barrabugu programs at Sydney Conservatorium where she teaches songwriting and production in Contemporary Music Practice. She is a board member of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.
2021 Performance Space x West Kowloon Exchange resident artist