Hoods gear up for fourth Big Day Out

Hill­top Hoods re­turn to for the 2012 Big Day Out, writes

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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)

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