Hermitude (DJ set)
Across the last two decades, Hermitude have consistently kept evolution and experimentation at the forefront of their craft, paving new directions amongst the electronic, hip-hop and pop spaces that have kept them not just ahead of the curve, but defining the curve’s every move. For SPRINGTIME's debut, we guarantee this forward-thinking creative duo will be able to showcase to the Gold Coast the adventurous sound that defined a whole era of hip-hop-influenced electronica. Built off a rich collaborative history dating back to when they were teenagers in the 1990s, the creative chemistry between Hermitude’s two members is what’s enabled the duo to continually shine throughout the years, evident in the cohesiveness of their debut album – 2003’s Alleys to Valleys, which came a year after signing to legendary hip-hop label Elefant Traks – and everything they’ve put out since, from further albums – such as 2005’s Tales of the Drift and 2008’s Threads – to EPs and stand-alone singles. With their fourth album – 2012’s Australian Music Prizewinning Hyperparadise – Hermitude blossomed into a long-standing, defining name of Australia’s hip-hop underground and its intersection with commercial culture; the album being Hermitude’s first to chart within the ARIA Top 40 (while its lead single Speak Of The Devil became their first entry into triple j’s Hottest 100 countdown), and allowing the group to showcase their well-recognised live show internationally, with debut shows in the US supporting RUFUS DU SOL. After signing an international label deal with Nettwerk Records in 2015, Hermitude’s fifth album Dark Night Sweet Light captured them at a new peak, showcasing a forward-thinking and adventurous sound that’d come to define a whole era of hip-hop-influenced electronica, both in Australia and internationally. The album – which went to #1 on the ARIA Charts, was nominated for 7 ARIA Awards, and spawned the Platinum-accredited ‘The Buzz’ – proved an international success while solidifying their space in the upper echelon of Australia’s music world, taking them to stages including SXSW and Lollapalooza amongst headline shows of their own, where they’d sell-out 5,000+ capacity shows in Australia, alongside shows in the US and UK. After a break following an extensive stint of touring, Pollyanarchy – Hermitude’s sixth record, arriving in 2019 – continued to emphasise the duo’s knack for forward-thinking experimentalism, debuting an evolved and matured take on the Hermitude sound that pushed them into realms beyond what they’d explored in the past, aided by a list of guest collaborators that reads like a festival lineup: Vic Mensa, BJ The Chicago Kid, Bibi Bourelly, Electric Fields and Haiku Hands and more. With everything Hermitude have done since their formation, it’s been clear that evolution and experimentation have been at its core. Aside from this backbone of forward-thinking creativity, it’s impossible to predict what they’ll do next –– but that’s their whole charm. You’ve just got to stay tuned to find out. What to expect: Some of your favourite electronic, hip-hop sounds by the beach
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