Boys in Hoods keep it real

Hilltop Hoods reinvent themselves with Drinking From the Sun.
Hilltop Hoods reinvent themselves with Drinking From the Sun. Contributed - The Big Day Out

WHEN asking MC Suffa what the process was for making their sixth studio album?

He replied: "You make it sound like elective surgery."

Which couldn't be further from the truth, their music has always had a healthy beat of urban soul.

Like their music the Hilltop Hoods like to keep it real, and maybe that is why they have been a crowd favourite all these years.

So it was no surprise that the lads were chosen as one of the headline acts for this year's Groovin the Moo festival.

"We always get a good crowd there and we always get great support from regional fans."

Their latest album, Drinking From the Sun, the band's sixth studio album, was released earlier this month through their own label Golden Era Records.

Drinking From the Sun speaks to the experience of being part of an underground culture that's risen from obscurity to gain mainstream recognition.

Even though this album is more introspective than their previous releases, it maintains a balance of moody tracks and party joints that the Hoods are best known for.

The album also has a fair amount of live instrumentation and features a number of guest artists.

With this album the guys decided to mix it up a little, but Suffa said the Hilltop Hoods' sound is still on their latest record.

"Over the last three years we have been writing it up between touring, and by the end of touring comes along with have had loads of other projects going on," he said.

"Writing and making music is still fun.

"It is what I enjoy more so than the business side of music, which comes when you have your own label."

When it comes to being a crowd favourite it is pretty easy for the fellas to stop from getting a big head, they just remember there is also a lot of criticism that comes with the job.

"There is a lot of criticism out there and that can balance out where you are, and as a band we are smart enough to know where our success has come from."

When it comes to the future of Australian hip hop, it is a question the Hoods are asked often.

"Every two or three years we are asked this question and it (hip hop music) has a cycle and every year it gets bigger and bigger," he said.

"It is interesting because for a while it was never really embraced.

"There have been a lot of obstacles for hip hop because of the American culture and writing it off as a genre.

"With (Aussie hip hop) it has been seen embarrassing because of how it sounds and then there is protecting it form the dance culture - just some of the obstacles to overcome."

Tickets for Groovin the Moo festival are on sale now.

For more information on the album or festival visit www.gtm.net.au.

Topics:  groovin the moo hilltop hoods hip hop music music festival

Motorist sees crocodile dragging cow into water

The Mary River where the crocodile was spotted attacking the cow.

A motorist spotted a cow being dragged into river by a crocodile.

Ruby Mills misses out on spot in Mel B's underdog team

Bundaberg singer Ruby Mills pictured during the three-seat challenge on The X Factor.

BUNDABERG singer officially out of contention for singing show.

Local Partners

Watch out for river work if you are on the Burnett

BOATIES using the reaches of the Burnett River near Strathdee's boat ramp may notice a barge undertaking work

Men's Shed to open soon

MEN'S SHED: Rob Miller and Col Driver at the new Gayndah Men's Shed.

The Gayndah Men's Shed is ready to open

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Workshops to show you how to bring puppets to life

STRING SECTION: Two puppet-making workshops will be held in the region.

Ever wanted to know how to make puppets?

Australian Survivor's magician Matt out of tricks

Australian Survivor contestant Matt Tarrant.

SHOW'S power couple looks unstoppable in race to the finish.

Ruby Mills misses out on spot in Mel B's underdog team

Bundaberg singer Ruby Mills pictured during the three-seat challenge on The X Factor.

BUNDABERG singer officially out of contention for singing show.

Top floor teams take out The Block's terrace week

Kim and Chris pictured on their winning outdoor terrace in a scene from The Block.

RIVALS Kim and Chris and Julia and Sasha tie in final week of work.

Bob Dylan slammed as 'arrogant' for Nobel silence

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan.

Singer the controversial winner of literature Nobel

Shannen Doherty reveals fear of dying in post on chemo

Actor Shannen Doherty shared this image of her lying in a hospital bed after a chemotherapy session.

Actor has been fighting cancer since 2015

Eddie Redmayne's stage fright on latest Harry Potter film

Actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor felt like kid again when he got to film with a wand

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.