Ten indigenous communities. Eleven tracks and videos. One amazing album.

‘Song Nation Vol. 1’ is a compilation of original Hip Hop music and online videos celebrating the very much alive and vibrant Indigenous contemporary culture across regional and remote areas of Australia and Torres Straits Islands. Completely independent and unlike anything in the industry, Desert Pea Media (DPM) known for their unique dialogue-driven song writing workshop process, under the cultural supervision of Aunty Gail Mabo (Eddie Mabo’s daughter) have created one of the most exciting and culturally significant albums in recent times. ‘We’re hoping to demonstrate to young people that their voices are relevant and their stories important; that they … Continue reading Ten indigenous communities. Eleven tracks and videos. One amazing album.

Public Event: Touring & Live Performance: This is how we do it

Join us from 5.30pm at Fowler’s Live on Monday 10 February for a very special music business event TOURING & LIVE PERFORMANCE: THIS IS HOW WE DO IT, proudly presented by Music SA, the Association of Artist Managers, Fresh FM and APRA|AMCOS. In Adelaide for one day only, a group of renowned Australian Artist Managers, Label Managers, Booking Agents and Artists will discuss artistic development and planning activity around live performance and touring, followed by a discussion of the foundations required to further your live career. This is a rare opportunity to discuss live performance and touring with a group of … Continue reading Public Event: Touring & Live Performance: This is how we do it

MusicNSW Free Workshop: Music Publishing 101: Sync Or Swim

MusicNSW, in partnership with the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), is proud to present our latest free workshop: “Music Publishing 101: Sync Or Swim!”, held at 6.30pm on Thursday 23 May at the APRA offices in Ultimo, NSW. Licensing songs to ads, film or TV is a lucrative business. This panel will explore the income publishing generates – and what that means for artists. Four of Australia’s leading Publishers will come together to share expertise and discuss industry trends and issues. Entry is free and open to all-ages ­– but spaces are limited! Be sure to rsvp below asap to secure … Continue reading MusicNSW Free Workshop: Music Publishing 101: Sync Or Swim

2013 Hilltop Hoods Initiative

Applications are now open for the 2013 Hilltop Hoods Initiative! The Hilltop Hoods and APRA are teaming up again to give a career changing $10K to the most impressive emerging Hip Hop/Soul act in Australia.   Aimed at helping fund the manufacturing and marketing of an album release, the grant is open to any act that hasn’t had a previous professional commercial release. For application instructions and terms log on here. Applications close on Tuesday 26th February and the grant recipient will be announced on Thursday 28th March. Good Luck! More Information  ||  APRA / AMCOS  ||  Hilltop Hoods Continue reading 2013 Hilltop Hoods Initiative

Koolta – The Extraordinary Average Joe

Koolta’s long awaited debut album. Since winning the Hilltop Hoods Initiative in 2011 ($10 000 grant from APRA and HH to help in the release of a debut album) this young MC/Producer from Adelaide has hit the ground running. Having already released two well received independent EPs, Koolta continues his DIY ethic handling all production, writing, recording and mixing on the new album. The Extraordinary Average Joe is not your standard local Hip Hop album. This is music that lives up to this bold statement. Koolta has crafted multi-layered instrumentals with the use of live instrumentation and synths, rather than … Continue reading Koolta – The Extraordinary Average Joe

Runforyourlife wins 2012 Hilltop Hoods Initiative

Emerging Hip Hop group Runforyourlife has been announced as the winner of the Hilltop Hoods Initiative for 2012. With the support of the Hilltop Hoods and the Australian Performing Right Association (APRA|AMCOS), Runforyourlife has won a kick-start to their career, with $10,000 going towards the release and promotion of their first solo album. MC Suffa of Hilltop Hoods said, “Thanks to APRA and our judging team Hau, Raph, Nish and Ran-Dee, they do a great job every year. Congratulations to the Hip Hop/Soul collective Runforyourlife, they make some great music and are very deserving recipients.” As part of the prize package, … Continue reading Runforyourlife wins 2012 Hilltop Hoods Initiative

Koolta – Four Seasons

Koolta (2011 Hilltop Hoods Initiative Winner) releases 1st single from debut album The Extraordinary Average Joe. Four Seasons is the first single from Adelaide hip hop artist Koolta’s debut album The Extraordinary Average Joe. It’s produced, mixed, recorded and written by Kultar Ahluwalia (Koolta). If you aren’t familiar with Koolta’s music – here is a quick run down: Won the 2011 Hilltop Hoods Initiative – this involved APRA and the HH granting $10,000 towards making this debut album. Previously released two independent EPs (The Deportation & The Influx) and a mixtape (The Forked Road with DJ PT). The debut album, The Extraordinary … Continue reading Koolta – Four Seasons

Evil Eddie – (Somebody Say) Evil

Following the release of his brand new single and video (Somebody Say) Evil, ex-Butterfingers front man Evil Eddie is hitting the road in June and July for a series of shows in his home state of Queensland. Released in May, (Somebody Say) Evil is the second single from Eddie’s soon to be released debut album tentatively titled Welcome To Flavour Country.  A little bit evil and a little more strange, the track is trademark left-of-centre Eddie – just the way we love it. With an APRA award for Most Performed Urban Work already to his credit, Evil (as he is … Continue reading Evil Eddie – (Somebody Say) Evil

MC/Producer Koolta Wins The 2011 Hilltop Hoods Initiative

Emerging South Australian Hip Hop artist Koolta has been announced as the winner of the 2011 Hilltop Hoods Initiative. Kultar Ahluwalia, aka Koolta, is a 22yo South Australian MC/Producer. With an all-round skill set, Koolta employs a DIY mentality, handling all his own production, writing, recording and mixing. Making music since the age of 15, Koolta has shared the stage with such artists as Urthboy, Drapht, Funkoars, Foreign Beggars and C Rayz Walz.

 Koolta receives $10,000 from Hilltop Hoods and APRA to release and promote his debut LP. He also receives a prize pack valued at $1000 from DC clothing … Continue reading MC/Producer Koolta Wins The 2011 Hilltop Hoods Initiative

1/6 (One Slash Six) – Inbox EP {Prelude to Electronic Mail}

Born in Australia but raised in Namibia, 1/6 is an African-Australian who is emerging as one of Aussie hip hops freshest talents. Schooled in Africa until 18, he recently returned to Australia to experience a new life. Now based in Melbourne, 1/6 boasts regular appearances with respected groups Illzilla, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, The Mega Horns, Polo Club, Black Jesus and his crew Pang Productions. 1/6 – was recently announced as the recipient of the Hilltop Hoods Initiative. With the support of the Hilltop Hoods and APRA, 1/6 has won a healthy career kick-start of $10,000 to go towards the … Continue reading 1/6 (One Slash Six) – Inbox EP {Prelude to Electronic Mail}

Congrats to 1/6 – Winner of The Hilltop Hoods Initiative

1/6 – emerging Hip Hop artist Aaron Stephanus – has been announced as the recipient of the Hilltop Hoods Initiative. With the support of the Hilltop Hoods and APRA, 1/6 has won a healthy career kick-start of $10,000 to go towards the release and promotion of his first solo album. Emcee Suffa of The Hilltop Hoods said: “Thanks to APRA and our superstar judges Hau, Raph, Nish and Ran-Dee. Congratulations to 1/6, he’s a very deserving recipient.” As part of the prize package, 1/6 will also receive valuable legal advice courtesy of David Vodika and Media Arts lawyers and will perform … Continue reading Congrats to 1/6 – Winner of The Hilltop Hoods Initiative

Bigger Than Hip Hop Radio Show – Interview Preview With Suffa MC

Last week Paul from Bigger Than Hip Hop Radio Show spoke with Suffa MC from the Hilltop Hoods, this all went down during their tour of Canada just as they cool off from doing interviews for a while. Here’s some of what the guys had to say. Paul: Whereabouts are you guys at the moment? Suffa: We’re at Calgary Airport in Alberta Paul: Are you playing a couple of shows up there at the moment? Suffa: Yeah we’ve just done six shows here, and we’ve got two left on our Canadian tour. We’ve got a big show in Ottawa tomorrow … Continue reading Bigger Than Hip Hop Radio Show – Interview Preview With Suffa MC

The Hilltop Hoods Initiative – 10 grand for you?

The Hilltop Hoods Initiative will give one emerging Australian hip hop artist a career starting opportunity to the beat of $10,000. The grant is aimed to fund costs associated with manufacturing and releasing a CD of at least five original songs. Proudly brought to you by Aussie hip hop giants The Hilltop Hoods and APRA, it is open to an emerging Australian hip hop artist who has not released an album professionally/ commercially. Handpicked by The Hilltop lads, the judging panel features Aussie hip hop’s most influential figures: * Hau (ACT) – Artist (Koolism), JJJ Presenter (The Hip Hop Show) … Continue reading The Hilltop Hoods Initiative – 10 grand for you?