Hilltop Hoods is 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 seven studio albums, three DVDs and a "restrung" version of the 2006 album, The Hard Road.
Four of their albums peaked at number one on the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Charts: The Hard Road (2006), State of the Art (2009), Drinking from the Sun (2012) and Walking Under Stars (2014). Three tracks have reached the top 10 on the ARIA Singles Chart—"Chase That Feeling" (2009), "I Love It", featuring Sia (2011) and "Higher", featuring Jason Chatburn (2015)—while "Cosby Sweater" (2014) became the group's first-ever top 5 ARIA single on 15 November 2014.
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 Golden Era Records album was released in partnership with the Universal music company on 8 August 2014. The band received their seventh ARIA award in 2014 when Walking Under Stars won in the Best Urban Album category at the 28th ARIA Awards.
Jessica Cerro (born 1995/6), better known by her stage name Montaigne, is a Sydney-based singer/songwriter.
Jessica Cerro was a triple j Unearthed High finalist in 2012 with her indie pop song "Anyone But Me," but decided to wait on pursuing a full-time music career in order to finish her secondary studies.
In November 2012, Jessica signed a publishing deal with Alberts Music and spent the following two years refining her songwriting skills under the guidance of Michael Szumowski.
In late 2013, Jessica decided to adopt the moniker 'Montaigne', inspired by the 16th century philosopher and essayist. Shortly after completing her HSC Montaigne began recording her debut EP with producer Tony Buchen (The Preatures, Andy Bull).
In July 2014 Montaigne secured a management and recording deal with Wonderlick Entertainment and also signed to the booking agency, Select Music.
Shortly prior, Montaigne released her first single "I Am Not An End', which was added to high rotation on triple j and listed as its 36th most played song of 2014. On November 21, 2014, she performed the single for the radio station's Like A Version segment, along with her cover of Sia's 'Chandelier'. The same day Montaigne also released her second single 'I'm A Fantastic Wreck' in conjunction with the Life Of Montaigne EP. 'I'm A Fantastic Wreck' also received high rotation on triple j and Sydney-based community radio station FBi Radio, which also listed the song as its 8th most played song of 2014.
Montaigne was selected by San Cisco as the support act for their Run tour in November 2014. Shortly after, she was also chosen by Megan Washington to be the main support for her February 2015 national There There tour.
In January 2015, Montaigne won FBi Radio's Next Big Thing Award at its annual SMAC Awards, which recognises 'the musicians, artists, performers, restaurants and events that shaped the Sydney's creative culture in 2014'.
Montaigne announced her first headline tour in February 2015, visiting Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in April.
Montaigne features on Hilltop Hoods new song "1955", released February 2016.
Tom Thum is a DJ/ Producer from Brisbane, Queensland (Australia).
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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