1287. Troi Lee
Troi Lee, from Hackney, is a deaf DJ who launched ‘Deaf Rave’, a quarterly music event designed specifically for deaf clubbers and providing a regular, accessible space for deaf performers.
Troi – also known as “DJ Chinaman” – utilises software and technology, such as wearable ‘SubPac’ speakers, to visualise music and intensify vibrations for clubbers and create an immersive experience. Many DJs with ‘Deaf Rave’ have since gone on to perform at major UK festivals, including Glastonbury, Boomtown and All Points East.
In a personal letter to Troi, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of how you are providing a platform for deaf performers to showcase their talents and bringing people from across the UK deaf community together to enjoy live music.”
“I am humbled to be recognised or even acknowledged as being included amongst those considered for the Points of Light award. My passions run deeply for our marginalised UK Deaf community. My job is to bring people together as one and keep the unity strong. Deaf performances and technologies are working wonders and have now created many new platforms for our Deaf artists and role models.”