Golden Era Records
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|Golden Era Records|
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Golden Era Records are a record label that specializes in Australian hip hop music and is based in Stirling, South Australia, Australia. The label was founded in 2008 by South Australian hip hop trio the Hilltop Hoods.
On 12 June 2009, in the year following the label's inception, the label's founder, the Hilltop Hoods, released its fifth album, State of the Art, through Golden Era. Shortly after the establishment of the label, Vents, a MC from Adelaide, South Australia, and Adfu, a Palestinian-born producer/DJ, were signed to the label.
In November 2009, Golden Era Records signed a deal with the Funkoars, a hip hop group from South Australia—as part of the deal, the Funkoars re-released its album, The Hangover, as The Hangover: Premium Edition. Also in 2009, Aboriginal Australian MC, Briggs, released his debut EP, Homemade Bombs, with a financial loan that he received from Suffa of the Hilltop Hoods (Suffa explained in a 2012 television interview that Briggs repaid the loan in full)—the label then signed Briggs and released his debut album, The Blacklist. Pressure, also of the Hilltop Hoods, explained, in a 2012 television interview, the rationale behind Briggs' signing:
And one of the reasons we signed Briggs to the Golden Era label was... because he's just got this presence. You know, he's everywhere. He's probably the hardest-working individual in Australian hip-hop, if not one of. He's the most self-motivated dude I've ever met ... everywhere he goes, you know, everyone remembers Briggs.
In January 2012, Fontana—an independent marketing, sales and distribution company that is based within the corporate structure of the Universal Music Group—signed an exclusive agreement with Golden Era Records for the American release of Drinking from the Sun and the label's back catalogue titles.
On 25 January 2013, the label announced the signing of another artist on the Golden Era Facebook fan page—K21, an Adelaide, Australia artist discovered through the Hilltop Hoods' "Initiative" programme was welcomed to Golden Era with the statement, "Welcome to the squad K21!!". However, no further official public notification, such as a press release, was published. In late January/early February 2013, K21's artist profile was added to the label's website and he is described as "a powerful weapon for years to come"—K21's debut Golden Era album release is due in 2013.
The Golden Era roster performed in a music video collaboration, entitled "Cypher", that was published on the label's YouTube channel on 24 January 2013. Set to the music of "Bloody Poetry" by Grieves (produced by Budo), the video features the entire Golden Era artist roster—Funkoars, Vents, Hilltop Hoods, Adfu, K21 and Briggs—and was directed/filmed by Unity Sound and Visual. Together with the announcements that were published on the Internet, the video introduces K21 to Golden Era Records, with the artist delivering the concluding verse.
In April 2013, K21 released his first recording with Golden Era, the free EP Kid Sinatra. The EP was uploaded onto the Golden Era Soundcloud page and, as of 11 April 2013, is available as a free download (together with the cover art) on the Acclaim Magazine website. A music video for the opening song "Long Time" was published on the Golden Era YouTube channel and the video, filmed at Disk Edits and DJ Debris's Take Away Studios, was filmed by Eightlimb Films and edited by K21.
Golden Era mixtapes
The label released its first ever "mixtape", entitled Golden Era Mixtape 2011, on 17 January 2011, as a free download—it contains musical contributions from Hilltop Hoods, Funkoars, Briggs and Vents. On 30 January 2012, the second mixtape, entitled Golden Era Mixtape 2012, was released. The second mixtape contains musical contributions from Golden Era artists—Hilltop Hoods, Funkoars, Vents and Briggs—but also included appearances from other artists, such as K21 (at the time, signed to the Greenhouse label), Tommy Illfiger, Thundamentals, Plutonic Lab and Drapht; international artists, such as Canadian MC, Classified, also contributed to the 2012 mixtape recording. The compilation, hosted by Briggs and mixed by Adfu, was launched on the Australian national FM radio station, Triple J, on the station's hip hop programme, which is presented by Hau Latukefu of the Australian hip hop band, Koolism.
The third Golden Era mixtape became publicly available for download (free-of-charge, as per the first two instalments) on 1 February 2013, following a preview of the track listing that was published on the Internet on 31 January 2013—two tracks were also forwarded to Latukefu, who played them on Triple J's hip hop programme. On the day of the mixtape's release, a newsletter was emailed to the label's subscribers with the following blurb: "The 2013 Golden Era Mixtape is now available for FREE download from GoldenEraRecords.com.au. The tape features new and unreleased music from Hilltop Hoods, Funkoars, Vents, Briggs & K21, with a special guest feature from Seth Sentry." (Sentry is another Australian hip hop artist from the Victorian city of Melbourne, and the mixtape also features Briggs' DJ/producer, Jaytee, "on the ones and twos"—hip hop jargon for turntables). The announcement was also made on the label's Facebook and Twitter profiles.
The fourth Golden Era mixtape was released for download (free-of-charge, as per the first three instalments) on 25 February 2014. Available from the Golden Era Records website, the Mixtape was announced on Facebook and Twitter by the label and a "2014 Golden Era Cypher" video, in which all of the label's artists perform the Mixtape's final track, was published on the Golden Era YouTube profile on 16 February 2014. The Mixtape features new music from all Golden Era artists: Hilltop Hoods, Vents, Briggs, Funkoars, Adfu, and K21. While DJ Debris is credited with the overall mix of the Mixtape, Trials and Adfu also appear as DJs.
As of February 2014, the following artists are signed to Golden Era Records:
The Hilltop Hoods received a 2008 Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Music Award nomination for the platinum DVD City of Light. State of the Art then received the ARIA Awards for 'Best Urban Release' and 'Best Engineer', and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) award for 'Urban Work of the Year'.
The Hilltop Hoods received three nominations in the 2013 APRA Awards: 'Most Played Australian Work' for "I Love It", and two nominations in the 'Urban Work of the Year' category for "I Love It" and "Speaking In Tongues".
The Funkoars were nominated for the 'Best Independent Hip-Hop Album' award (for The Quickening) at the 2012 Jägermeister Independent Music Awards. In an interview with the Australian Independent Records Association (AIR), the band stated that it believed that fellow Australian hip hop artist, 360, would win the award.
- Hilltop Hoods: State of the Art (2009)
- Certification (Australia): double platinum (140,000)
- Hilltop Hoods: The Calling (Deluxe Edition) (2009)
- Hilltop Hoods: The Hard Road (Deluxe Edition) (2009)
- Hilltop Hoods: The Hard Road Restrung (Deluxe Edition) (2009)
- The Funkoars: The Hangover: Premium Edition (2010)
- Briggs: So Dangerous EP (2010)
- Briggs: The Blacklist (2010)
- Golden Era Mixtape 2011 (2011)
- Vents: Marked For Death (2011)
- Funkoars: The Quickening (2011)
- Golden Era Mixtape 2012 (2012)
- Hilltop Hoods: Drinking from the Sun (2012)
- Certification (Australia): platinum (70,000 units)
- Golden Era Mixtape 2013 (2013)
- K21: Kid Sinatra EP (2013)
- Funkoars: Dawn of the Head EP (2014)
- Golden Era Mixtape 2014 (2014)
- Hilltop Hoods: Walking Under Stars (due to be released early 2014)
- Hilltop Hoods: "Still Standing" (2009)
- Briggs: "The Wrong Brother" (2010)
- Vents: History of the World" (2011)
- Funkoars: "Where I Am" (2011)
- Funkoars: "It's All Good (Is Very Good)" (2011)
- Hilltop Hoods (featuring Sia): "I Love It" (2011)
- Certification (Australia): double platinum (140,000)
- Hilltop Hoods: "Rattling the Keys to the Kingdom" (2012)
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