|Birth name||Daniel Smith|
|Also known as||Pressure
|Origin||Adelaide, South Australia, Australia|
|Labels||Obese Records (2001–2008), Golden Era Records (2008–Present)|
Born in South Australia, Pressure attended Blackwood High School in the hills area of Adelaide and Suffa (Matt Lambert), his future bandmate, was a fellow student. The two established a friendship based on common musical ground and later met the third member of the Hilltop Hoods, DJ Debris (Barry Francis).
Along with Suffa and DJ Next (later replaced by DJ Debris), Pressure formed the Hilltop Hoods in 1991, a trio that has since become one of the most popular hip hop groups in Australia, with six album releases, a record label and over 500,000 Facebook fans (as of February 2013). In regard to the success that the Hilltop Hoods has achieved, Pressure has stated that the group has made a concerted effort to distinguish "self-belief from self-importance", explaining that "I would hate to think people see us as arrogant. That's how we are as people and it's reflected in the music. We're confident and outgoing people but I listen to some rappers and think, 'That's so arrogant, just pull your head in, mate."
After the Hilltop Hoods' album The Calling was listed at #23 in the "Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time" poll, conducted by national Australian radio station Triple J, Pressure and Suffa revealed in an interview with the station's magazine publication that the two bandmates have consistently engaged in one major argument during the production of each of the group's albums. While laughing, Pressure revealed during the interview, "It's not a record if we haven't had one big blowout during the making of it."
Golden Era Records
As part of his role within the Hilltop Hoods, Pressure was involved with the founding of the Golden Era Records (GE) Australian hip hop label. Launched in 2009, with the release of the fifth Hilltop Hoods full-length album State of the Art, the label's roster also includes K21, Funkoars, Vents, Briggs and Adfu. According to the GE website, the label "wasn’t established to release throw-back records; instead we hope to make music that throws you back to the way you felt during the golden era of Hip Hop. Whatever year that was for you."
As of February 2013, Pressure resides in the hills above Adelaide, Australia and is father to a son (was five years of age in 2009) that he has mentioned in several Hilltop Hoods songs (one such song appeared on The Hard Road and "Last Confession", from the album State of the Art, was dedicated to his son).[dead link]
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