Dance duo happy with Hottest 100 date move

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

AUSSIE mu­sic roy­alty The Pre­sets have backed Triple J’s con­tro­ver­sial move of its an­nual Hottest 100 count­down to Jan­uary 27 from Aus­tralia Day.

Chart-top­ping duo Ju­lian Hamil­ton and Kim Moyes say the date change is “more re­spect­ful” and sends a “really good mes­sage”.

“It is cre­at­ing a plat­form or space to talk about Aus­tralia Day with a group of peo­ple who might not or­di­nar­ily give it a sec­ond thought,” Hamil­ton told Con­fi­den­tial.

The ARIA award-win­ning pair head­lined New Year’s Eve In The Park and have also per­formed at some of the world’s top mu­sic fes­ti­vals in­clud­ing Coachella in Palm Springs, Trea­sure Is­land in San Fran­cisco and Glas­ton­bury in the United King­dom.

The dance mu­sic duo have a hand­ful of con­tenders for Hottest 100 this year, in­clud­ing Down­town Shut­down, Are You Here and Mar­tini.

“I think it’s more re­spect­ful and it’s good that it has be­come a con­ver­sa­tion which peo­ple are able to have, as well as bring­ing aware­ness to is­sues,” Moyes said of the date change.

Triple J made the de­ci­sion to move its an­nual count­down to Jan­uary 27 a year ago, run­ning through the 100 hottest songs of the year for the first time on that day last Jan­uary.

The first-ever count­down was held on March 5, 1989 and was first moved to Jan­uary 26 nine years later in 1998.

The de­ci­sion to run it on Jan­uary 27 was made to sep­a­rate the count­down from the on­go­ing de­bate about Aus­tralia Day and recog­ni­tion of Aus­tralia’s first in­hab­i­tants.

“In re­cent years the Hottest 100 has be­come a sym­bol in the de­bate about Aus­tralia Day,” Triple J said when it made the an­nounce­ment.

“The Hottest 100 wasn’t cre­ated as an Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tion. It was cre­ated to cel­e­brate your favourite songs of the past year. “It should be an event ev­ery­one can en­joy to­gether — both for the mu­si­cians whose songs make it in and for ev­ery­one lis­ten­ing in Aus­tralia and around the world.”

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