C1RCA, Atomique Productions and Degree One present...
Australia's #1 Hip Hop Group....
Australia's #1 Hip Hop Group....
JUST ADDED: special guests
SWEATSHOP UNION & DJ JETTS.
Thursday, November 17th. 2011.
919 Douglas St. Victoria BC
Doors at 9pm - 19+ W/ 2pcs ID
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$22 in advance. Available at Lyle's Place, Ditch, The Strathcona Hotel and http://www.ticketweb.ca/
When MC’s Suffa and Pressure met at Blackwood high school in the hills of Adelaide, South Australia they formed a friendship built around their Common love of Music. When they were later introduced to DJ Debris they knew they’d found someone who shared their passion. The three Conspired to add their own chapter to hip hop’s canon - they formed Hilltop Hoods, and set out to represent their world.
In 1997 the Hoods dropped their first release, an EP called ‘Back Once Again’. Since then their journey has paralleled the path of the music they love - both the Hoods and Australian Hip Hop have exponentially grown in popularity over the past 10+ years.
A big part of Hilltop Hoods success can be credited to their reputation as formidable live performers. The crew is repeatedly singled out as one of Australia’s hottest live acts by media, industry insiders and fans alike. Countless sold-out national tours and standout festival appearances at Big Day Out, Splendour In The Grass and The Falls Festival have confirmed their local drawing power while performances in England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, Korea, Switzerland and Germany have proven they can take their sound to the global stage.
Although their first success came in 2003, in form of the huge hit ‘The Nosebleed Section’, the real turning point in their career came in the form of ‘The Hard Road’ (2006). ‘The Hard Road’ debuted at Number One on the ARIA album chart and went on to become the group’s second Platinum certified album (the first being ‘The Calling’). As well as winning two ARIA Awards for the album the group were also recipients of the coveted J Award.
In 2007 the Hoods’ (with the assistance of composer Jamie Messenger) created ‘The Hard Road Restrung’ – an experimental remix album that melded Hip Hop with classical music. This unique project culminated in a performance alongside the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to a sold out crowd at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre (7500 cap). ‘The Hard Road Restrung’ went on to attain Gold certification, and take home the 2007 ARIA Award for Best Urban Release.
In 2009 the Hoods’ dropped their 5th studio album ‘State of the Art’. It debuted at Number One on the ARIA album chart, where it spent two weeks. The album was certified Gold on the day of its release and certified Platinum a week later. A year on the album had the honour of becoming the biggest selling Australian Hip Hop record of all time when it was certified Double Platinum. Along the way it picked up ARIA’s for Best Urban Release and Best Engineer as well as an APRA award for Best Urban Work.
With these exceptional accolades, Hilltop Hoods have not only risen to the top of Australian Hip Hop, but have earned themselves a place at the very forefront of the Australian music industry. Retaining their integrity, the Hoods have stayed true to their musical roots and it’s paid dividends.
2010 finds the Hoods’ focusing on Golden Era Records, their very own record label. The label recently signed newcomer Briggs and local stalwarts The Funkoars, with more announcements on the way. 2010 also finds the Hoods releasing their third DVD - ‘Parade of the Dead’. The film brings together live music and zombies in a way that is, if nothing else original. ‘Parade of the Dead’ will be in stores in October, just in time for Halloween.
Sweatshop Union is the undisputed heavyweight of North Western hip-hop, and has earned a reputation as the hardest working collective in the region. Having performed over five hundred shows internationally, their live performance has become a mainstay of Canadian music.
In 2002, a concept album was recorded called: Sweatshop Union. The record was released internationally on Battle Axe Records and the new group began their relentless touring schedule that has proven to be a key catalyst in their success.
The next three records solidified Sweatshop Union‘s presence in rap music. The group co-signed to EMI and went out on the road touring with the Black Eyed Peas, Swollen Members and the Living Legends as well as opening shows for Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, and The Roots. Both college and commercial radio gave the albums substantial airtime and soon after came nominations for Juno Awards, a Canadian Radio Music Award, Much Music Video Awards and more. By 2006 Sweatshop Union had begun headlining shows in the U.S. and appearing at major festivals across North America.
Recently, URB Magazine featured them in their next top 100. They’re not alone in thinking that Sweatshop Union is a band worth keeping an eye on. Their consistently poignant music continues to become more relevant daily and the group shows no signs of slowing down.
March 1st marked the release of the groups most ambitious record to date, There's nothing else like it. Bill says so. The experimental concept album is best described as a runaway mushroom trip through the cosmos. Call it outer space jukebox music.
Released on Urbnet Records The Bill Murray EP features guest appearances from D-Sisive and production from Sweatshop and Rob The Viking. Hands down the Billest.