Hilltop Hoods keen for Gladstone show
"EVERYTHING I know and own, I owe to hip hop." They are the words from Hilltop Hoods legend and front man Pressure, aka Dan Smith.
Pressure spoke to Pulse ahead of the anticipated show in Gladstone on Sunday, October 19 at Marley Brown Oval.
Hilltop Hoods are a huge household name in Aussie hip hop, dominating the rapping scene for 15 years.
Their formation was simple.
"Me and Suffa met in high school and we were into hip hop. We met Debris later.
"We worked in the mini studio that we had. Many years later we got named Hilltop from a mutual friend," Pressure said.
"We were young, 15 years old, when we started."
Pressure was drawn to the head-bopping genre from day dot.
"I started listening to hip hop when I was eight. I started writing rap when I was 10," he said.
"Run DMC's Walk This Way drew me into hip hop.
"On Saturday morning I used to watch Rage and they had this song and it was crazy and so different to everything else. I found an avenue into hip hop music."
Over the years the trio has released many highly successful albums with songs that get stuck in your head for days. But does it get monotonous performing those songs all the time?
"We have passion in every show. It's very tiring touring and travelling," Pressure said.
"At the US we lived on a bus, we slept on the bus most nights. We were doing four or five shows with one day off.
"But I love bringing our music to crowds. That's the reward."
Their newest album Walking Under Stars is just as fun to listen to as their early hits, such as Nosebleed Section.
It's part of the Cosby Sweater Tour on which they are embarking at the moment.
"There's lots of moody tracks. It's the most live, energetic list of songs and the song Walking Under Stars came together the fastest," Pressure said.
"We wrote it in three days and it felt natural and fresh."
Being Hilltop Hoods is still something the members pinch themselves about.
"There's no aim, we just love making music. We are one of the lucky few to make a full-time job out of it," Pressure said.
"We won't be retiring because we don't win an accolade; it's something that's part of us and we will continue to do it."
But being a successful and busy musician comes with sacrifice, and Pressure knows this first-hand.
"The hardest part is leaving my family behind. I've got three kids, it's tough," he said.
Luckily, the Hilltop lads are close mates with a brotherly bond.
"The three of us are best friends. Nobody has ever had a major falling out. You can tell in the performance and live music and it's pretty much over if (fighting) happens."
The band has loyal fans that have stuck by them. Pressure said he's forever thankful for their support.
"The biggest compliment of your stuff is to have fans. We are one of the lucky bands with a huge core," he said.
"They come up and say, 'The album is amazing, I've had it in CD in my car for x amount of months... when's the new one coming out?'"
The boys who sing Clown Prince are keen to hit up Gladstone in a few weeks, and the audience can expect 110%
"Regional shows in Australia are always crazy; you guys don't get as many bands and acts so it gets lapped up and it's a lot of fun," Pressure said.
Hilltop Hoods will perform at Marley Brown Oval on Sunday, October 19.
Get your tickets to see the show at the Harvey Road Tavern website. They are $66 and gates open from 3pm.