Hoods gear up for fourth Big Day Out
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HILLTOP HOODS’ ode to being in a music festival moshpit – The Nosebleed Section – put them on the map back in 2004. Eight years on and the platinumselling, multiple ARIA Award winners are one of the headlining acts at Australia’s longest-lasting nosebleed section – the Big Day Out.
The irony isn’t lost on one third of the Hoods, DJ Debris.
‘‘It was so small I can’t even remember what the name of the stage was when we first played at Big Day Out,’’ he says.
‘‘But it was messy. It was quite a blur but I remember us fighting to get on the bill and it was a huge shock for us getting to play there.
‘‘It’s the mainstay of the Australian music scene. We worked our way up to the Boiler Room the next year and then the main stage, which was a lot of fun. When you get up there and the audience are so responsive, it’s great.’’
Hilltop Hoods join Kanye West, Soundgarden, My Chemical Romance and more on the 20th anniversary Big Day Out bill, which plays the Gold Coast on January 22.
It will be the Hoods’ fourth outing at the festival – something DJ Debris doesn’t take lightly.
‘‘Seven or eight years ago it was an odd thing to see an Australian hiphop act on a festival bill. It was very rock-orientated. Hip-hop in Australia is more well-received now and it’s not strange to see someone (like us) headlining,’’ he says.
The Hoods are gearing up to release their highly anticipated sixth album, Drinking From The Sun, in March. The Hoods are putting the finishing touches to the album at their home studio in Adelaide which means ‘‘a lot of Red Bull and and a lot of all-nighters’’.
‘‘It’s the same MO as our previous albums,’’ DJ Debris says.
‘‘We finished heavy touring about 18 months ago and (MC) Suffa was already making new beats straight off finishing the last album. Technically we have the bulk of the work done but there are still a lot of sleepless nights left.’’
DJ Debris says Suffa put together 300 beats which they narrowed down to nine tracks (with MC Pressure) before deciding on four others from guest producers.
‘‘The three of us are a democracy, which makes it easier. We get stuck into an idea and if we still like it in a month, we vote on it,’’ he says.
Fans heard a first taste of what they can expect from the new album with the debut single I Love It, featuring Sia Furler, released this month. They also released three separate film clips for the song the week before Christmas, including one directed by their ‘‘good friend’’ Nash Edgerton, filmmaker and brother of Joel Edgerton.
DJ Debris says he and his bandmates are ‘‘big fans’’ of Nash and Joel’s filmmaking collective Blue Tongue Films, the team behind Animal Kingdom and The Square.
‘‘Nash has used our music in some of his short films, which is so cool. We feel like we’re one of the big boys now, having him direct one of three films clips for the one song,’’ he says.
Hilltop Hoods play the Big Day Out, at Parklands Showgrounds, on January 22. Tickets are $165. Visit www.bigdayout.com
Hilltop Hoods (from left) MC Suffa (aka Matt Lambert), MC Pressure (Daniel Smith) and DJ Debris (Barry Francis)