MC Pressure

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Pressure
Birth name Daniel Smith
Also known as Pressure
Origin Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1995–present
Labels Obese Records (2001–2008), Golden Era Records (2008–Present)
Website Official website

Daniel Smith,[1] better known by his stage name Pressure, is one of the MCs of the hip hop group the Hilltop Hoods, formed in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Early life[edit]

Born in South Australia,[2] 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[1]).[3]

Music career[edit]

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,[1] with six album releases, a record label and over 500,000 Facebook fans (as of February 2013).[4][5] 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."[1]

After the Hilltop Hoods' album The Calling was listed at No. 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."[4]

For the Hilltop Hoods' seventh studio album, Walking Under Stars, Smith composed the song "Through the Dark" about his son's struggle with cancer and explained in a promotional interview, published on 6 August 2014:

Writing that song is one of the hardest things I have ever done ... I wrote it and rewrote it and rewrote it throughout his therapy and he responded very well to the treatment so it became a song of hope and perseverance.[6]

As of the interview date, Smith's son had not heard the track, as "He wants to wait for the album to come out before he listens to it." Smith said: "I might have to leave the room ... it might be a bit much."[6]

Smith revealed in an October 2014 radio interview that the Splendour In The Grass event is his favorite festival to perform at in Australia.[7]

Golden Era records[edit]

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,[8] the label's roster also includes K21, Funkoars, Vents, Briggs and Adfu.[9] 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."[10]

Personal life[edit]

In September 2013, during the sale period for Smith's Flagstaff Hill house, a news article revealed that he lived at the property for seven years with his chiropractor partner, Dr Rebekah Talbot, their sons Liam, 9, and Solomon, 1, and their Labrador Arabel. Talbot explained that they purchased the home to be near the area where Smith grew up: "Dan [Smith] grew up in Belair and bought in Flagstaff Hill because he wanted to stay in the hills because he loves them. It's such an integral part of our lives and for Dan to be inspired he needs to be around nature." At the time of the sale, Smith had already purchased his next home in the suburb of Belair.[11]

Liam[1] was diagnosed with leukaemia in February 2013, but was in remission in August 2014.[12] Smith explained in August 2014, following the release of Walking Under Stars: "He’s good now, he’s doing normal kid stuff, going to school and things like that. And there’s no sign of the cancer."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Craig Mathieson (19 July 2009). "Interview – Hilltop Hoods". The Vine (originally from The Age). Digital Media. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Ruth Bailey (2010). "Calling from the top". The Blurb. The Blurb. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Hilltop Hoods". Golden Era Records. Golden Era Records. 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Hilltop Hoods". Triple J Magazine. ABC. 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hilltop Hoods". Hilltop Hoods on Facebook. Facebook. February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Kathy McCabe (6 August 2014). "Pressure details son's cancer battle on Hilltop Hoods' Walking Under Stars — and it will make you cry". News.com.au. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Browny & EJ" (Audio upload). Audio Boom. Audio Boom. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Golden Era Records". Discogs. Discogs. 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Artists". Golden Era Records. Golden Era Records. 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "About". Golden Era Records. Golden Era Records. 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Tom Bowden (14 September 2013). "Hilltop Hoods hip-hop star Dan Smith, aka MC Pressure, selling his Flagstaff Hill home". News.com.au. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Matt Shea (5 August 2014). "Hilltop Hoods: "Music is not a competition"". Faster Louder. Faster Louder Pty Ltd. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 

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