In 1997 the Hoods dropped their first release, an EP called ‘Back Once Again’. Since then their journey has paralleled the path of the music they love - both the Hoods and Australian Hip Hop have exponentially grown in popularity over the past 10+ years.
A big part of Hilltop Hoods success can be credited to their reputation as formidable live performers. The crew is repeatedly singled out as one of Australia’s hottest live acts by media, industry insiders and fans alike. Countless sold-out national tours and standout festival appearances at Big Day Out, Splendour In The Grass and The Falls Festival have confirmed their local drawing power while performances in England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, Korea, Switzerland and Germany have proven they can take their sound to the global stage.
Although their first success came in 2003, in form of the huge hit ‘The Nosebleed Section’, the real turning point in their career came in the form of ‘The Hard Road’ (2006). ‘The Hard Road’ debuted at Number One on the ARIA album chart and went on to become the group’s second Platinum certified album (the first being ‘The Calling’). As well as winning two ARIA Awards for the album the group were also recipients of the coveted J Award.
In 2007 the Hoods’ (with the assistance of composer Jamie Messenger) created ‘The Hard Road Restrung’ – an experimental remix album that melded Hip Hop with classical music. This unique project culminated in a performance alongside the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to a sold out crowd at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre (7500 cap). ‘The Hard Road Restrung’ went on to attain Gold certification, and take home the 2007 ARIA Award for Best Urban Release.
In 2009 the Hoods’ dropped their 5th studio album ‘State of the Art’. It debuted at Number One on the ARIA album chart, where it spent two weeks. The album was certified Gold on the day of its release and certified Platinum a week later. A year on the album had the honour of becoming the biggest selling Australian Hip Hop record of all time when it was certified Double Platinum. Along the way it picked up ARIA’s for Best Urban Release and Best Engineer as well as an APRA award for Best Urban Work.
With these exceptional accolades, Hilltop Hoods have not only risen to the top of Australian Hip Hop, but have earned themselves a place at the very forefront of the Australian music industry. Retaining their integrity, the Hoods have stayed true to their musical roots and it’s paid dividends.
2010 finds the Hoods’ focusing on Golden Era Records, their very own record label. The label recently signed newcomer Briggs and local stalwarts The Funkoars, with more announcements on the way. 2010 also finds the Hoods releasing their third DVD - ‘Parade of the Dead’. The film brings together live music and zombies in a way that is, if nothing else original. ‘Parade of the Dead’ will be in stores in October, just in time for Halloween.