Hilltop Hoods are an Australian hip hop group that formed in 1994 in Adelaide, South Australia. The group's founders are Suffa (Matt Lambert) and MC Pressure (Daniel Smith), who were joined by DJ Debris (Barry Francis) after fellow founder, DJ Next (Ben Hare), left in 1999. The group released its first extended play, Back Once Again, in 1997 and have subsequently released six studio albums, three DVDs and a "restrung" version of the 2006 album, The Hard Road. Three of their albums have peaked at number one on the ARIA Albums Charts: The Hard Road, State of the Art (2009) and Drinking from the Sun (2012). Two tracks have reached the top 10 on the related ARIA Singles Chart, "Chase That Feeling" (2009) and "I Love It" featuring Sia (2011).
Hilltop Hoods have toured both in Australia and overseas, including playing at music festivals: T in the Park, Oxegen, the Big Day Out, Clipsal 500, Southbound, The Great Escape, Splendour in the Grass, Bassinthegrass, Groovin' The Moo, Falls Festival, Pyramid Rock Festival, Rollercoaster, Come Together Festival and Make Poverty History.
At the ARIA Music Awards of 2006 they won 'Best Independent Release' and 'Best Urban Album' for The Hard Road. In 2007 they won 'Best Urban Album' for their remix album, The Hard Road: Restrung (2007). They won the same category in 2009 for State of the Art and in 2012 for Drinking from the Sun. In 2009 Debris also won 'Engineer of the Year' for his work on State of the Art.
The first preview of the band's seventh studio album, Walking Under Stars, was uploaded to the Hilltop Hoods SoundCloud page on 21 June 2014, and the album was released in partnership with the Universal music company on 8 August 2014.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license