Introducing DorYAN

Photo by Joe Simoes, edit by n'ad

Enfant Terrible writing songs in London City. Formerly known as Dorian Reland. 

Originally from Geneva (Switzerland), DORYAN made the move to the city at the heart of European pop music in early 2014 to pursue a career in music.

DORYAN sang in choirs during his high school years and trained his voice classically but was always drawn to songwriting and pop music, starting to write his own material at age 17. After having recorded a few early songs and his first music video for his track “Wasting My Time” in 2010, he realised where his future would be.

In 2013, DORYAN released his first official single "Are You Ready?” and was featured as a lead in rock musical "Hermissia" (Switzerland) for the whole summer of the same year. He then released his single "Oversexual" in April 2014 and won "London's Pride Got Talent 2014", allowing him to perform on Trafalgar Square for London Pride 2014 in front of 30'000 people as the introducing act to the glamorous Conchita Wurst, winner of Eurovision 2013. Since then, DORYAN released a couple of videos/singles such as his LGBT Rock and Roll anthem  "Sinsation" and his Pop-Grunge fetish jam "Life Is Hard" in 2015. He also released his debut EP "The Line" in April 2016.

In 2017, DORYAN initiated the official song in support of Pride in London titled "The Rest of Us" and the song was recorded by more than 20 artists from the diverse London scene and the song was released alongside a music video with proceeds going to Pride in London. Known as Dorian Reland up to this point, DORYAN changed his performing name in July 2017 to highlight a new artistic direction.

DORYAN's sound is uplifting, hedonistic, twisted and unapologetic, relentlessly running on the spectrum from rock to pop, but never willing to be specifically defined. His debut EP, “The Line”, is an emotional revolution and an expression of anger towards a society that has forgotten its human core and feeds on a culture of misery. The record explores the pursue of boundless freedom. DORYAN himself is on a mission to blur the lines between the mainstream and what is considered to be subculture, playing with codes that define both while maintaining a commercial sound.

DORYAN is a strong advocate of gay rights and his music revolves around the theme of breaking free from social formatting which forces its definition of normality upon all members of society. DORYAN believes in everyone’s right and prerogative to live the life they feel they need, without moral judgment or obstacles from anyone..