Dance duo happy with Hottest 100 date move
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.”