TV ROCK kicked off their career by breaking all records with their debut single 'Flaunt It' featuring Seany B. The record sold close to double Platinum singles, screaming to the #1 spot for five weeks and spent the longest time in the top 10 ARIA charts EVER - pipping Silverchair for the honour! To cap off this stellar start, TV ROCK recently won two ARIA awards at the 2006 event for best dance release and highest selling single. With a wealth of experience rocking the dancefloors across the globe, TV ROCK is a collaboration between two of Australia's highest profile DJ/Producers Grant Smillie and Ivan Gough. It is safe to say that TV ROCK is the hottest production outfit in Australia right now.
The past 12 months for dance act Sneaky Sound System, have been nothing short of hectic. After supporting Jamiroquai on a their national tour of Australia, the core trio of MC Double D (frontman/man-about-town/MC), Miss Connie (frontwoman/vocals) and Black Angus (chief songwriter/producer/music guy) took off to Miami, New York, Italy, London and Hong Kong for a bunch of shows. They toured Australia with their 6 piece band as part of the Good Vibrations Festival, released their super debut album, and went on three more sold-out, crazed tours of the country. They went top 25 with two singles I Love It and Pictures, top 20 with their album, spent more than 3 months at No 1 in the club charts, and were nominated for two ARIA's (Best Dance Release and Breakthrough Artist). They scored the much sought after national support slots for Robbie Williams and Scissor Sisters, collaborated with US superstar Kanye West and turned up on countless TV shows and music compilations.
Melbourne DJ Andy J has had great success over the last 5 years as a producer, remixer, and DJ. Under his funkin' house alter ego "Sgt Slick", his debut release "White Treble Black Bass" won the ARIA Award in '98 for Best Dance Release and was a global club hit, topping the Mixmag UK Club Chart and being licensed in every major territory worldwide. The follow up "Let It Ride" was also nominated for an ARIA in the same category, after becoming a massive club and radio hit in 2001.
2004 saw seen a number of new releases and collaborations for Andy. "Don't Touch" tore the roof off clubs here and in the UK / Europe, and Andy also collaborated and completed tunes with Groove Armada vocalist "Valerie M" and Una Mas / Defected vocalist "Lurine Cato", with the double A side "Tha Muzik / Lost in Love" being released on Vicious Grooves and snapped up by Euro mega label "Purple Eye". He also mixed the "Tinted: Global House" CD with LA's "Deep Swing", and "Insane House Vol. 1" for Australian label "Tinted". As well as the Sgt Slick project, Andy has been involved in a number of other collaborations with Melbourne DJ / Producers including Blackout (with Vicious owners Andy Van and John Course, and Darren Glen), whose "Gotta Have Hope" was a worldwide chart and club hit (top 30 UK singles chart), and Smash 'n' Grab, whose monster single "She Don't Like That" was released in February 2005 and follow up "Like An Animal" out soon.
The track "Tilt My Hat" samples the track "Burn For You" written by INXS, who have previously received 2 APRA Awards, Most Performed Australian Work Overseas: Disappear (1992 - Jonathan Farris, Michael Hutchence) and Most Performed Australian Work Overseas: Suicide Blonde (1991- Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence).
The Rogue Traders sure know how to make an entrance. Two years may have passed since they last graced the Australian charts, but the electro-rock single that signalled their return, "Voodoo Child", exploded across the airwaves with an immediacy that was breathtaking. It stormed into the Top 10 back in June 2005 and remained there for 12 weeks.
The Rogue Traders story begins in London, way back in 1989. That's when James Ash and Steve Davis aka The Rogue traders, via a mutual friend, found themselves working together on a rap track. In 1992 James moved to Melbourne while Steve stayed in the UK. During this time James hooked up with Australia's foremost dance label, Vicious Vinyl, and released a track as Thunderchild in 1994. When the duo decided to reinvent themselves as the Rogue Traders, Vicious Vinyl's house music label Vicious Grooves was their first choice. After taking the Australian charts by storm and picking up an ARIA Award for Best Dance Single in 2003 sampling INXS's hit "Need You Tonight" for their track "One Of My Kind", fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of the Oz dance duo.
In 2005 James and Steve have sprung back on the scene with the release their brilliant new single "Voodoo Child" - a high-voltage electro-clash pop anthem based on the organ riff from Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up". The single reached number #4 in Australia and is their biggest hit yet. They also welcomed a new member to their line up, the multi-talented Neighbours star Natalie Bassingthwaighte. The album Here Come The Drums has achieved double Platinum sales while the single "Voodoo Child" has achieved Platinum sales and the singles "Way To Go" and "Watching You" have both achieved Gold sales.
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